Kralendijk – The BES Health Insurance Office (ZVK) has eliminated the waiting list for MRI scans for Bonaire patients in 4 weeks. At the beginning of June the waiting list for MRI scans in Bonaire grew to 120 insured person,s which was caused by the scanner in Aruba being out of service. For an emergency solution the ZVK went to the Clínica Iberoamérica in Baranquilla, Colombia in which a trial for medical referral for MRI scans to the Clínica Iberoamérica was positively evaluated. Subsequently, the backlog could be made up by 1 to 2 flights per week as of the third week of June.
For the flights, the ZVK charters an aircraft from Sarpa for 20 to 22 passengers and takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes. Sarpa also has a nurse on board and a ZVK employee that travels along for practical guidance. Insured persons respond positively and experience this option as being well cared for, safe and comfortable. The entire trip for an MRI scan takes approximately 30 hours (departure 9:00 am, return 2:30 pm the following afternoon) in which the patients spend the night in a hotel next to the Clínica Iberoamérica.
In 2019 ZVK has the task of critically reviewing costs, but maintaining improving the quality of care. The solution for the MRI scans for Bonairean insured persons is of good quality and can even be realized at lower costs. ZVK says they are happy about the solution found.