An improved system of communicating between local immigration officials and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) has resulted in better monitoring of non-nationals who come to Barbados seeking medical attention at the Martindales Road, St Michael health facility.
Chief executive officer of the hospital, Dr Dexter James, made this disclosure in a recent interview with the DAILY NATION.
“We have revised the arrangements for overseas referrals to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital which . . . deal with addressing the administrative arrangement for referrals, as well as the method of payment and how payments are to be made prior to admission to the QEH,” James reported.
He spoke of patients from overseas turning up at the QEH for “indiscriminate access”, without the knowledge of the administration of the QEH and, “by extension, without the knowledge of our consultants”.
James said that previously patients “essentially booked commercial airlines and presented themselves to immigration . . . were given admission to the country and then they would turn up at the QEH Accident & Emergency Department with various kinds of conditions”.
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