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SMMC and ZVK intensify cooperation

17 May 2017

CAY HILL–St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) and Zorgverzekeringskantoor BES ZVK of the Caribbean Netherlands have further developed the arrangement of their cooperation in a recently signed agreement.

It had previously been agreed upon that SMMC would serve as the “preferred provider” of care for ZVK-insured persons on Saba and St. Eustatius. With the new agreement, this relationship is further supplemented, with added benefit that the people of St. Maarten will reap as well.

This agreement stipulates several conditions that ZVK and SMMC intend to uphold. Firstly, the parties have negotiated an agreed upon restructuring of the tariffs. Additionally, a visitation cycle for the specialty Cardiology has been worked out wherein Cardiologists from SMMC will make monthly visitations to Saba and St. Eustatius to provide consultation on the islands.

Further, ZVK will support SMMC in the establishment of four new specialties for the hospital. These specialties will include Neurology, Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, and Urology.

The intention of both organisations is to introduce these specialties as soon as possible, with several agreed upon standards that will establish the quality of care for these specialties. SMMC will continue to attract qualified doctors and nurses to cater to their patients as well as Saba and St. Eustatius patients.

The broadened partnership will remain ongoing, wherein the progress of the agreement will be evaluated jointly and regularly. So both parties hope to continue servicing the community and bring care closer to home.

Source: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

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