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Healthcare Crisis.

Dear Editor,

Healthcare in St.Maarten is in a crisis and our island is at cross-roads. We have persevered through mother nature’s wrath. While we have overcome and focused on rebuilding oddly, we have forgotten about health care. Your healthcare. Your spouse’s healthcare. Your children’s healthcare. Essentially, the mechanism that ensures your family lives their life to the fullest.

Looking around you’ll see a lot of people suffering in silence. The trust is not there. Suffering because family members are not able to receive adequate healthcare and are instead sent to third world countries such as Columbia or they do not receive any at all. This is not because of a lack of desire on the part of local Healthcare Professionals. What does that say about our predominantly Christian community if we cannot properly care for our fellow citizens or for ourselves?

Yes, the Hospital is being funded or it is supposed to be funded. However, a Hospital is more than a building. It’s a complex organization. One that houses healthcare professionals that are adequately funded, that have the tools they need, that are of a decent amount or healthcare providers to serve a population and engage in cutting-edge treatments to ensure you and your family live life to the fullest.

Sadly, St. Maarten’s healthcare system is being held hostage by nepotism, so-called transparency veiled by hallow statements and gross mismanagement. We are preached to by Politicians about transparency and accountability and not shown where the government spends its healthcare budget or what that budget even is. Reviewing the cadre of healthcare policymakers and administrators in Government we can see the gross inexperience administering what in other countries are simple healthcare programs. Some policymakers have run hotels and construction companies, some went to a school and received a degree and have no healthcare experience, and some have written a children’s book. While these are respectable professions and vocations, what, exactly, does that have to do with healthcare? Still some are even relatives or friends of current government personnel and have secured their current positions based on who they know and not what they know.

Anyone, remember the constant Dump fires and the public health emergency that it presents. Is it any wonder that nothing gets done?

Anyone have an idea as to the repercussions the fire has on islander’s health? Or their children’s health? Not to mention the local economy.

Is it any wonder that despite the consistent and regular flood of government propaganda and false data-if they release any data-to the contrary, the islands healthcare system-your healthcare system-is an absolute mess?

We need better.

We deserve better.

.-Concerned Healthcare Professional


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