Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced signed the measure that extends the term of request for decrees for all qualified doctors until December 31, 2020. This includes any individual admitted to the practice of general medicine or any specialty of podiatry, audiology, chiropractic, optometry, dental surgeons, and dental professionals who meet certain requirements.
Senate Bill 1620, which was presented by Senator Carmelo Ríos, amends the “Puerto Rico Incentives Code” to extend the term of requesting incentives and prevent the massive exodus of essential doctors through economic incentives .
The governor indicated: “During the COVID-19 pandemic, this extension has become an extremely important one, since at this time is when primary doctors have had some giant offers in another s jurisdictions. We need to retain our doctors and that the provision of essential health services does not stop. ”
Vázquez Garced referred to the fact that due to the restrictions imposed by the threat of COVID-19, many of these professionals could not use the established term to request the necessary decrees and receive these economic incentives. This benefit had been extended to that individual admitted to the practice of general medicine, as well as certain specialties last April, granting an original term that expired on June 30.
Any individual admitted to the practice of medicine general medicine or any specialty, podiatry, audiology, chiropractic, optometry, dental surgeons or who practice any specialty of dentistry and that meets the requirements, you may request the secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DDEC) the concession of these economic incentives.
For his part, Dr. Víctor Ramos, president of the College of Physicians, indicated that “with this law signed by Governor Wanda Vázquez, justice is done to all doctors that they can request tax decrees that allow them to continue providing their services to our patients here in Puerto Rico and not have to transfer their practices. cas to states. We thank the governor for this measure of benefit to our patients throughout Puerto Rico. ”