During the last couple of years Puerto Rico has confronted an exodus from doctors and healthcare professionals from the country. According to the President of the House of Representatives, Carlos “Johnny” Méndez, insurance companies’ make doctors life impossible and believes that favorable conditions for doctors where insurance companies do not questioned the treatment, medication and procedures recommended by doctors. That is why the Representative indicated that he will be “focusing on healthcare plans”, according to the article “Letal las aseguradoras para la salud en Puerto Rico” by Yaritza Rivera Clemente, published by the newspaper El Nuevo Día on January 18, 2017.
The Representative also indicated that healthcare plans have not liberated the money already paid by the Government stating that they need to audit those institutions, during the public hearing celebrated regarding the “Proyecto de la Cámara 5 para promulgar la ‘Ley e Incentivos para la Retención y Retorno de Profesionales Médicos.’” The Representative suggests that it be the Government who pays and to not use insurance companies anymore.
On the other hand, Rafael Rodríguez Mercado, the Secretary of the Department of Health, believes that part of the exodus of doctors is due the payment of taxes and the high salaries offered to them in the United States.
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