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Wed May 6, 2020, 02:26 AM

Colombia's health workers forced to buy their own personal protection equipment

by Adriaan Alsema May 5, 2020

Only 15% of Colombia’s health workers received personal protection equipment (PPE’s) from the security companies that are supposed to provide them, according to a poll.

Consequently, more than half of the polled doctors and nurses felt forced to buy their own PPE’s, in some cases with the help of sponsors, according to the Colombian Medical Federation (FMC).

Healthcare intermediaries useless as always
The poll further puts the role played by the healthcare intermediaries into question, especially during the pandemic.

These private companies have been receiving Colombians’ compulsory healthcare payments and medical personnel’s labor insurance premiums, but appear not to be providing the equipment necessary to safely provide healthcare during the pandemic.


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