Colombians are guaranteed free medical care in Venezuelan hospital



(Written by Embajada de Venezuela – Wednesday, 09 September 2015 18:33) The Autonomous Service of the University Hospital of Maracaibo (SAHUM), under the general direction of Dr. Samuel Viloria, following the regulations of the Ministry of Popular Power for Health (MPPS), has established various mechanisms to ensure free and quality health care to thousands of Colombian brothers and sisters and from other countries, that require any treatment or surgery that contributes to their well being.

During August at the Gynecology Service based in the Maternity Dr. “Armando Castillo Plaza” of SAHUM, they treated more than 200 women for free. This information was given by Dr. Maria Diaz, Chief of Gynecology of the institution, accompanied by Dr. Jose Luis Quintero, head of gynecology at the Maternity.

The Department of Statistics, Gynecology Service from the SAHUM stressed that from August the 1st to 26th, 2015 they performed 220 consultations to the neighboring country women, for several pathologies, carried out without charge; ranging from: control pregnancies, abortions, sexually transmitted diseases, family planning, menopause, prenatal, postnatal; among which 31 patients were hospitalized due to normal births, caesarean sections and other pathologies inherent to female sexual health. “They are treated with the same care and attention; as if they were natives of Venezuela”, said Dr. Diaz.

For his part, the Chief of Gynaecology said that while in a middle class private clinic a normal birth costs about 70,000 BsF and a cesarean ranges from 150,000 to 160,000 BsF to a more expensive private health center this procedure exceeds 185,000 BsF in SAHUM Maternity, these services are provided for free. “It is good to note that in the private health centers these costs would increase greatly if complications occur to the mother or newborn, such as the need for intensive care units (ICU); both adult and pediatric or other services”, said Dr. Quintero.

Other services 

As an example of other services provided by the hospital, is the case of Orlando Surmay, Colombian citizen who entered the urology department of the hospital, to be operated from a bladder reconstruction or cystoplasty, which will help him improve his health and life quality.

“I feel very well thank God, all the staff and the director of the University Hospital of Maracaibo because they have treated me in a great way. Now that I’m healthy, I can fully enjoy my family and that’s the most important thing for me”, said Surmay.

He also added “I feel Venezuelan, although I was born in a village in Colombia called Santa Ana, over there I could not have afforded this expensive operation, since all the people over there have to pay for social insurance to be treated at state hospitals, otherwise you are not treated, unless you have lots of money to go to a private clinic, that’s the sad reality; but here, thanks to the revolution I had surgery for free, did not pay or had to bring anything”.

Finally, he said that he expects the national government, led by President Nicolas Maduro, to continue with these efforts to help not only the Venezuelan people of low income, but also from sister countries where health systems are deficient or private, making them inaccessible to the people.

In this sense, the Bolivarian Government invests resources daily to boost social policies, covering not only the healthcare area but also food, housing, education, among other areas; in order to benefit both Venezuelans and Colombians and other foreigners (residents and visitors) throughout the national territory.

SAHUM Press / Press-Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the US / September 9, 2015