ORANGE GROVE: People on the Dutch side of the island who are insured via the Social and Health Insurances SZV risk losing access to medications as of Wednesday, April 28, if the bills of the pharmacies are not paid by government via SZV. Should access be lost, people will have to pay out of pocket for medicines.
The Pharmacy Association of St. Maarten (PAS) has written to Public Health Minister Omar Ottley informing him of the outstanding payments related to people covered by SZV, OZR and FZOG.
PAS, according to a letter from the group, has reached a breaking point in which all pharmacies cannot hold off their creditors any longer in the pandemic. Therefore, PAS have decided to stop accepting cards from all funds as of Wednesday. This will happen if no solution is found before the given deadline from PAS.
“We regret to have applied this pandemic measure, but at this point we see no other solution about how to fix our damaged financial liquidity and keep the vital part of the logistics of pharmaceuticals alive which is the availability of sufficient medicines for the St. Maarten community,” said PAS.