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Revista clínica de periodoncia, implantología y rehabilitación oral

versión On-line ISSN 0719-0107


ZUNIGA, Bernardita; GONZALEZ, Manuel; GONZALEZ, Andrea  y  GAMONAL, Jorge. Maxilofacial surgery in the chilean healthcare network. Rev. Clin. Periodoncia Implantol. Rehabil. Oral [online]. 2017, vol.10, n.1, pp.57-62. ISSN 0719-0107.

Arguing the existence of waiting lists in oral and maxillofacial surgery, the chilean Ministries of Health and Education decided to create a professional less skilled than the existing oral and maxilofacial surgeon, whose training lasts one year and works in primary care health. They established the specialty of Oral Surgery, compromising the quality and safety of care, exposing patients to adverse events with unpredictable outcomes, affecting their quality of life or eventually causing a fatal outcome.

At the time of this study there is no record of the number of oral and maxillofacial surgeons trained in our country, it is unknown how many are working in public hospitals and their distribution in health services, as well as whether there is the necessary infrastructure to develop the specialty under current regulations. We made a descriptive transversal study, conducting an interview aimed to obtain information from individual and institutional providers to know the reality of the specialty in the public health network.

It is concluded that there is a sufficient number of specialists trained and in training to meet the needs of the population. The evidence shows missing possitions and infrastructure, so that the action taken by the Health Ministry regarding the creation of the specialty of Oral Surgery is due to a misdiagnosis from the point of view of an individual and institutional provider, caused by the absence of a technical study to assess the country’s hospital network.

Palabras clave : Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; Quality of Healthcare; Public Hospital.

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