According to the article “Exigen nuevo sistema de salud” by Marga Parés Arroyo, published on the newspaper El Nuevo Día on February 27, 2017, during the forum “Escuela Graduada de Salud Pública del Recinto de Ciencias Médicas”, the “Fundación Agenda Ciudadana” and the “Consejo Multisectorial de Salud” Puerto Rico’s healthcare system was discussed as well as ways to improve it.

During the forum Senator José Luis Dalmau discussed the plans and proposals that have and haven’t been implemented during the years in order to improve Puerto Rico’s healthcare system. The Senator suggested the creation of a new organization in the Department of Health and a new “Medicaid State Plan”. Dalmau also stated that an option is to analyze and study the universal healthcare systems in other countries and use them as a guide. He also re-stated the importance of creating a healthcare system that decreases the actual cost of 12 million dollars, that it has a better result in the healthcare of the people and that it takes into account the participation of the citizens.

Luis Avilés, Secretary of the “Consejo Multisectorial de Salud”, suggested that a democratic governance, through which there would be transparency over the process and participation of citizens. Senator Ángel “Chayanne” Martínez indicated that the “Medicaid State Plan” must be worked based on the actual reality of the country.

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