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If they complete the new road to Volcan, will it be closer than David in an emergency?  I had no idea there was a hospital in Volcan.  What size is it?  It's not a clinic, but a hospital, right?

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2 hours ago, Palo Alto Jo said:

It's not a clinic, but a hospital, right?

Neither one are Hospitals, Jo.

The facility in Volcan is a MINSA-CAPSI Clinic, the same as the one in Caimito which we drive by on the way to David.

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The Polyclinica being built in Alto Boquete for the Caja de Seguro Social is also a clinic but with different clientele and services.

 

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Thanks Keith.   As a former "hospital" worker, I needed to know the difference between "hospital" and "clinic" designation here. I always feel such a "newbie" , I appreciate the fact that you've been here and know so much.  Some day I want to be "you" when I "grow up".  haha

 

 

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Haha, there's no desire to be a know-it-all. Sharing knowledge or information just seems like a natural thing to do.

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2 hours ago, Keith Woolford said:

Neither one are Hospitals, Jo.

The facility in Volcan is a MINSA-CAPSI Clinic, the same as the one in Caimito which we drive by on the way to David.

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The Polyclinica being built in Alto Boquete for the Caja de Seguro Social is also a clinic but with different clientele and services.

 

What is the difference in the clientele, Keith?

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45 minutes ago, Bonnie said:

What is the difference in the clientele, Keith?

I am curious of that also.

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It’s my belief that CSS or Social Security Clinics are for those who have coverage through employment, while MINSA clinics are administrated by the Ministry of Health and serve everyone. 

Here in Boquete, the CSS Clinic also provides services like X-Rays or Ultrasounds to anyone with a prescription because they have the only equipment of that nature in town.

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My recollection is that the clinics in Volcan and in Caimito are part of a 20-clinic program launched by Martinelli to bring health services to underserved remote parts of Panama. They are not hospitals, and they offer mainly consultations via online video connections with doctors in Panama City. I believe that only ten, or fewer, of the 20-unit program were funded and actually completed. Since Martinelli's programs were terminated at the end of his term, I don't expect that the program will be extended any time soon. Perhaps it would be best to think of them as diagnostic centers operated by the Ministry of Health...

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What they can do at the hospital in Volcan is very limited. For anything except the most minor issue, they will send the person to the hospital in Bugaba or to Hospital Regional.

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51 minutes ago, Dottie Atwater said:

What they can do at the hospital in Volcan is very limited.

Because it's not a Hospital, it's a clinic.

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On 5/18/2018 at 9:03 PM, Keith Woolford said:

CSS or Social Security Clinics are for those who have coverage through employment, while MINSA clinics are administrated by the Ministry of Health and serve everyone. 

75% of the population are affiliated with the CSS or Caja de Seguro Social.

 

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