Bolivian government minister Arturo Murillo announced the expropriation of private hospitals and cemeteries in Cochabamba and Santa Cruz on Monday.
The measure, which was decided by the interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez, and the minister of health Eidy Roca, is aimed in particular at the Univalle Hospital in Cochabamba and Udabol in Santa Cruz.
The one in Univalle has a capacity of 120 beds and 20 intensive care units, as Murillo explained in a press conference, while the one in Udabol has a capacity of 400 beds and 100 intensive care units.
“We will start negotiations, it will surely fall like a bucket of cold water to the owners, but it is not about taking anything away from anyone; if expropriated, a fair price will be given,” the government minister told the local newspaper ‘ La Razón ‘has reported. “We have to save lives,” he added.