Panel to tackle buildup’s impact on healthcare
Tuesday, 02 February 2010 00:19
by Therese Hart | Variety News Staff
SENATOR Frank Aguon, Jr. will meet with directors and key staff of agencies on Thursday to discuss the impact of the military buildup on healthcare and services, which have receded to the sideline in public discussions.
“With the US military plans to redeploy thousands of Marines and their families we need to be prepared and make sure that our current health care resources will not diminish and our health care services will not suffer due to the increase of the Guam population,” said Aguon, chairman of the legislative health committee.
“We are all aware that we are currently facing so many challenges in improving health care services. The current situations on our present health care system and the question whether we are ready to embrace additional consumers are in urgent need to be addressed and answered,” he added.
Aguon said the meeting will seek to identify measurable solutions and plans to this bigger challenge.”
Aguon will meet directors and key staff of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Department of Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities, Department of Public Health and Social Services and Guam Memorial Hospital Authority.
“I want to know if they realize the enormous impact their department will face when the buildup happens and what plans they have to meet the demand and how and when they will implement it,” he said.