Saba Health Care Team
Hospital On Saba - Dutch Caribbean
History
The A.M. Edwards Medical Center on Saba was founded in 1980 and was a department of the Island Government Saba.

On October 10th 2010 (10-10-10) a constitutional reform of the Dutch Kingdom took place in which Saba became one of three special municipalities (Public Entity) of the Netherlands. Saba, together with Sint Eustatius and Bonaire form the Dutch Caribbean (Locally known as the BES Islands).

The health care law ‘Wet zorginstellingen BES’ became effective as of October 10th 2010, and with this reform the responsibility for and financing of health care lies with the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport ‘Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport’. The health care standard set by the Dutch Ministry is towards Dutch norm.

The Saba Health Care Foundation was established December 14th 2009 on initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, to create a structure similar to that in the Netherlands where health care is privatized in accordance to the law.

On November 5th 2010 the transfer was stipulated of land, buildings, assets, activities and personnel via a privatization agreement signed between the Public Entity Saba, the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and Saba Health Care Foundation.

On January 1st 2011 the A.M. Edwards Medical Center, previously a governmental institution with as sole task health care, was transferred to the Saba Health Care Foundation. Transition of staff took place under a social statute signed between the Public Entity Saba, Windward Island Health Care Union Association and Saba Health Care Foundation.

This transition marked the start of a professional, transparent and independent organization which, in addition to providing health care, is responsible for its own financial administration, information technology, human resource and facility management. Since then change has become a constant factor for the Saba Health Care Foundation.
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