Arm-twist­ing the hos­pi­tals in Venezuela

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Venezuela’s health min­is­ter says pri­vate hos­pi­tals in the South Amer­i­can coun­try have agreed to tem­po­rar­ily freeze their fees, the As­so­ci­ated Press re­ports.

The mea­sure is part of ef­forts by Pres­i­dent Hugo Chavez’s govern­ment to con­tain health­care costs while also try­ing to curb in­fla­tion now run­ning at an an­nual rate of 25%.

Health Min­is­ter Eu­ge­nia Sader said pri­vate hos­pi­tals have agreed not to raise their fees for at least three weeks and called it a tem­po­rary mea­sure while of­fi­cials and hos­pi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tors dis­cuss ways of low­er­ing costs.

Per­haps an ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tion would be a so­lu­tion to their prob­lems.

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