Dominican Medical College rejects judge’s decision

The Dominican Medical College (CMD) and the Specialized Medical Societies yesterday expressed their rejection of the precautionary measure of Judge Priscila Martínez Tineo, which prevents the protests carried out by the union against health insurers.

Through an amparo appeal, the magistrate indicated that physicians are under the obligation to provide service to all social security affiliates, regardless of which Health Risk Administrator (ARS) they belong to.

After the judicial measure, the head of the medical association, Waldo Ariel Suero, called on President Luis Abinader to avoid turning the country into a so-called “dictatorship”.

“President Abinader must not allow dictatorial actions like this measure to stain his government work; because not even in the Trujillo tyranny was this type of fascist outrage carried out. What you want to do is a real madness and a disgusting abuse of power, “he said.

He described the judge’s decision as hasty and suspicious, since it was issued just when the appeal for amparo was beginning and the parties were requesting documents.

He assured that the ruling seeks to bring the doctors to their knees in front of the business community, so that they, through the ARS, can freely exploit the doctors without being able to protest.

In that order, he called on all the doctors to participate in a surveillance next Monday, June 14 in the Fourth Civil Chamber, in response to the court order.

He also warned Judge Priscila Martínez Tineo, the businessmen of the ARS and the President, that if the ruling materializes, there will be no labor peace in the health sector.

He argued that at the time they will call on doctors to suspend health services again, to users of one of the ARS throughout the national territory.

“We do not rule out simultaneously paralyzing the entire health sector, both public and private, and at the national level,” said the union member during a press conference.

Doctors demand increased fees

To stop protests against insurers, the Dominican Medical College demands an increase in the fees that doctors receive for the services provided to ARS users. Justo Nicasio, president of the Specialized Medical Societies, affirmed that the National Social Security Council (CNSS) does not comply with the provisions of Law 87-01.

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