The island health department has not responded to Newsweek’s request for comment.
In the wake of the pandemic, the department has struggled to keep pace with the demand for care.
But a local doctor who is among those working to improve the health system, Dr. Y.C. Chen, told Newsweek that the agency needs to take a hard look at its system to ensure it is up to the challenges of the times.
“It’s not just a matter of replacing outdated equipment or filling in holes.
The quality of care is a big part of the problem,” Chen said.
“It is not about the new technology or technology innovations.
It is about the quality of the care and its effectiveness.
I think we need to make sure that the quality is not sacrificed.”
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