Chile’s Healthcare Expansion Lurches Forward

It took an earthquake to prompt it, but in 2010, Chile embarked on one of the most ambitious healthcare capacity building efforts ever seen in Latin America. In the aftermath of the 8.8 magnitude quake, there were new calls for refurbishment of existing health facilities as well as development of new construction. Dr. Thomas Leisewitz, manager of strategy and business development for Red de Salud UC Christus, which operates both a 500-bed and 100-bed hospital in Santiago, said that the quake immediately reduced the country's hospital capacity by 10 percent....

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