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Haiti - Dom. Rep. : End of health services to illegal Haitians, except in emergencies
05/11/2021 11:12:44

Haiti - Dom. Rep. : End of health services to illegal Haitians, except in emergencies
Faced with the sharp increase in medical care for Haitian patients for the first 8 months of 2021, i.e. 275,993 acts as of September 9, 2021 covered by hospitals of the Dominican public health network (outpatient, general and specialized consultations, deliveries, emergencies, surgeries, hospitalizations and clinical and imaging diagnoses), the Dominican Government announced Tuesday, November 2, 2021, that it will no longer offer health services to Haitians in an irregular migratory situation and that only emergencies will now be supported.

This limitation of access to hospital services to illegal immigrants, which is part of a series of measures adopted by the Dominican National Council for Migration, will affect a large part of the Haitian population who until now receives medical services. in public hospitals without being required to present an identity document.

In Santiago, Haitians in an irregular situation expressed their dissatisfaction with the measure announced by the Migration Council, that access to public hospitals be limited for irregular immigrants, except in emergencies. They said it affects them, because they can't afford private clinics, and they don't have medical insurance to be treated in these centers...

Since the beginning of the year there have been 4,190 births to Haitian mothers (33.6% of the national total), there have been 6,265 hospitalizations of Haitians (16.9% of the national total) and 3,037 surgical interventions (10.3% of the national total).

The Minister of Public Health, Daniel Rivera, endorsed the Government's decision to no longer provide health services to Haitians in irregular migration situation in the country, except in emergencies and defended this new measure.

Regarding Haitian parturients (woman giving birth) he said that public health centers do not have the necessary capacity to support the large number of Haitian women in labor who come to the national territory especially to give birth.

The Minister explained that currently, 33% of all births nationwide are to Haitian mothers and that the year 2021 is expected to end with 40%.

Minister Rivera explained that in hospitals in provinces such as Valverde and Santiago 70% of birth services are occupied by Haitian women in labor. Calling on the Haitian authorities to be accountable to its citizens.

Likewise, he indicated that about 80 Haitian women give birth in the country every day, and could reach the threshold of 100 deliveries per day if illegal immigration is not stopped, a situation, he says, that the health system cannot support in terms of human and financial resources. It should also be noted that Haitian women who are pregnant for more than 6 months will no longer be admitted to the Dominican Republic.

For the record in 2017, the deliveries of Haitian women in the Dominican Republic cost more than 100 million US dollars to the Dominican State (Source Dr Nelson Rodriguez Monegros, Director of Information of the National Health Service (SNS) of the era - https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-21014-haiti-dr-more-than-5-billion-pesos-for-the-delivery-of-women-from-haiti.html ) to which is added medical care for mothers and children for more than 60 million dollars https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-21694-haiti-dr-nearly-8-billion-pesos-in-hospital-care-and-services-for-haitians.html

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