Haiti 2010 Earthquake Response

Hospitals in Haiti charge patients for donated medicine

Currently, Haiti has about 90 public, private hospitals and field hospitals.  They depend on the United Nations for supplies of medicine, which it provides without charge.  But, about a dozen of the hospitals are charging patients for donated medicine, and care.

When the catastrophic earthquake struck Jan. 12, authorities immediately decided to make all medical care free. More than 200 international medical relief groups have sent teams to help, and millions of dollars of donated medicine has been flown in. (AP/Washington Post)

The hospitals stand to make a lot of money, but not for long; U.N. officials say they will cut off supplies to hospitals that charge for medicine.  A representative of the Haitian government claimed to know nothing about the reported problem.

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