The Department of Health announced the disbursement of over a million dollars for the payment of the economic incentive to health professionals, who have been working highly exposed to Covid-19.
Of this item, which totals one million 136 thousand dollars, 230 thousand were assigned to resident doctors of the Department of Health who work in private hospitals, who for different reasons did not receive the incentive granted by Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced last May.
The remaining $ 906,000 was paid to employees of public hospitals through special compensation funds from the CRF Assistance to Public Hospitals Program.
These employees, due to their type of classification, did not qualify for the incentive for health professionals who were exposed to Covid-19, but they did qualify for this special payment.
“Today we do justice to these health professionals who did not receive their bonuses on the corresponding date, due to particular procedural situations,” explained the Secretary of Health, Lorenzo González Feliciano.
He added that “these heroes have been the front line in the fight against Covid-19; there was good will from all parties and, although it took us a while, today we announced the good news that everyone will receive their bonuses ”.
He explained that, to achieve the disbursement, the Department of Health worked in conjunction with the Department of the Treasury, for the incentive of the 230 resident doctors, and with the consideration of the Financial Advisory Authority and Fiscal Agency (Aafaf) to grant the payment due to risk to the 906 employees who work in the Pediatric Hospitals, the Adult University, the Dr. Ramón Ruiz Arnau University Hospital and the Medical Services Administration.
In March, the Financial Supervision and Administration Board for Puerto Rico granted a bonus to doctors who were working in the country’s public and private hospitals.
However, when the 230 resident physicians who work in the country’s public system requested the incentive through SURI, the platform did not allow them to complete the process.
Communication was established with the Fiscal Control Board, they granted an extension of time to complete the process, and the matter was corrected.
In the case of health professionals who work in the aforementioned four hospitals, Aafaf was asked to pay for risk with funds from the CARES Act and after evaluating the Funding Guidelines for Hospitals, it was authorized.