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Chile's government is moving forward with the construction of eight hospitals after granting public works ministry MOP the authority to build them.
As hospitals fall under the umbrella of the health ministry, MOP needed to be given powers to get the requisite tender processes under way.
The eight hospitals, with a 533bn-peso (US$888mn) budget, will add 334,384m2 to the health network and be spread across the country.
They will be built in Alto Hospicio, Quillota-Petorca, Puente Alto, Curicó, Quellón, Lonquimay, Arauco, and Collipulli.
Hospitals have been in the spotlight since President Michelle Bachelet took office. The government has said hospital concessions are expensive and inefficient. In six months, it has canceled two hospital tenders and withdrawn two other projects about to be awarded.
However, the government plans to build or revamp 60 hospitals at a price of US$4bn over the next four years, adding 2.5Mm2 and 10,873 beds to the public hospital network.
BNamericas will host its 5th South America Infrastructure Summit in Colombia on October 22-23.