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Conversan sobre la retención de médicos en Puerto Rico

Comisionado de Seguros de Puerto Rico presentó iniciativas para atender el éxodo de médicos

El comisionado de seguros de Puerto Rico, el Lcdo. Alexander Adams, junto a representantes de hospitales del sur y suroeste de Puerto Rico, facultad y otros miembros de la academia de Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU), se dieron cita para conversar sobre el tema de la retención de médicos en Puerto Rico. Durante el encuentro, en el que además participó el subsecretario del Departamento de Salud de Puerto Rico el Dr. Félix Rodríguez Smith y el presidente de la Cámara de Comercio del Sur, el Lcdo. Salvador Rovira, se presentaron diferentes iniciativas del Comisionado de Seguros para atender la situación del éxodo de médicos. Adams indicó que su oficina está enfocada en desarrollar iniciativas para escuchar el sentir de los diferentes sectores de la salud. “Sabemos que todos tienen necesidades particulares. Por eso, mediante un Comité de Salud que hemos creado, buscamos atender asuntos como la tarifación y la contratación de médicos y especialistas”.

El rector de PHSU, el Dr. José A. Torres Ruiz, expresó que: “En Ponce Health Sciences University continuamos ampliando las experiencias de enseñanza para los futuros médicos de nuestro país haciendo disponible más talleres clínicos que permitan entrenar más profesionales de la salud, lo cual es una prioridad ante la escasez de médicos y especialistas en Puerto Rico. Desde la academia podemos ser propulsores de más programas que ayuden en la retención de médicos en Puerto Rico. Sin embargo, sabemos que para lograrlo es necesario atender el problema desde un enfoque colaborativo que incluya la buena voluntad de los sectores públicos y privados para mirar el asunto con la inmediatez que requiere. Por eso ponemos a la disposición de todos ellos nuestra experiencia y el deseo colaborar, desde la academia, en todos los esfuerzos que sean necesarios para atender esta situación”.

Entre las entidades que participaron del conversatorio figuran: El Hospital Damas, Centro Médico Episcopal San Lucas, Hospital Bella Vista, Hospital De la Concepción, Hospital San Cristóbal, Hospital Dr. Pila y la Cámara de Comercio del Sur.

 

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Conversation About Retention of Physicians in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Insurance Commissioner presented alternatives to attend to the exodus of physicians

Puerto Rico Insurance Commissioner Alexander Adams, Esq., talked about strategies for retaining physicians in Puerto Rico with representatives from hospitals in the south and southwest of Puerto Rico, as well as with faculty and other academia members of Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU). Several initiatives aimed at managing the issues caused by physicians’ exodus were presented by the Insurance Commissioner during the forum, also attended by Dr. Félix Rodríguez Smith, Deputy Secretary of the Puerto Rico Health Department, and Salvador Rovira, Esq., President of the Chamber of Commerce in the South. Adams said that his office is focused on developing initiatives to hear the opinion of the different sectors in the healthcare industry. “We know that everyone has different needs. That is why we created a Health Committee that is looking into issues such as charging (fees), and the recruitment of physicians and specialists.”

 PHSU Dean, Dr. José A. Torres Ruiz, expressed that: “At Ponce Health Sciences University, we continue expanding the learning experiences for our country’s future physicians, making available more clinical workshops that allow them to train more health professionals, which is a priority given the scarcity of physicians and specialists in Puerto Rico. From the academia, we can be proponents of more programs that help retain physicians in Puerto Rico. However, we know that to achieve said goal it is necessary to tackle the problem from a collaborative perspective that includes the goodwill of public and private sectors, to attend to the issue with the immediacy that it requires. That is why we make available to all of them our experience and will to collaborate, from the academia, in every effort necessary to attend to this situation.”

Entities represented in the conversation included: Hospital Damas, Centro Médico Episcopal San Lucas, Hospital Bella Vista, Hospital De la Concepción, Hospital San Cristóbal, Hospital Dr. Pila and the Chamber of Commerce in the South.

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