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Dec 13, 2006

Deal to merge public & private hospitals short on details

Story PictureThe deal approved by Cabinet under which Government will assume the private debt of Universal Health Services in exchange for majority ownership of the private hospital is an ambitious undertaking–both financially and in its implications for the nation’s health care system. This morning Minister of Health Jose Coye met with the board of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, the public facility that will presumably share responsibilities with U.H.S. as Belize’s premier medical institutions. When the meeting was over the minister and key officials met the press. But if you are waiting to hear exactly how the new arrangement will work … or how it will affect your pocketbook, then you are in for a disappointment, because if one thing is clear it is that the entire project is very much a work in progress.

Jose Coye, Minister of Health

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