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Prepa Cuts Off Electricity to Hospital Over Nearly $4M Debt

By on March 11, 2016

Puerto Rico’s power company on Thursday cut off electricity to a hospital over nearly $4 million in unpaid bills, part of a stepped-up effort by the heavily indebted agency to collect money amid the island’s economic crisis.

The Electric Power Authority (Prepa) said it waited for surgeries to end before pulling the plug at the Santa Rosa Hospital in the southern coastal town of Guayama.

The hospital initially said it could operate temporarily using generators, then announced late Thursday on its Facebook page that a judge had ruled in favor of the hospital and that it expected power to be restored and that its operations are running regularly. It was unclear when that might happen.

The small hospital is privately owned, and there are other larger hospitals in its region.

The power company is $9 billion in debt and has been pursuing people and businesses that owe it money, joining other government agencies in a similar crackdown.


  1. Errol

    March 14, 2016 at 10:04 am

    “The small hospital is privately owned, and there are other larger hospitals in its region.”

    And yet the judge orders PREPA to supply electricity. The owners of the hospital now know that they never have to pay their bills to PREPA and probably not to any other supplier that is located in Puerto Rico.

    Now you see why the governor wants access to bankruptcy and why lenders should have no confidence ever to be paid what is due them. Puerto Rican judges are appointed by the governor. No one can have confidence that they will due their duty and follow the law. They simply rule according to their biases.

    • rtryon

      May 11, 2016 at 11:47 pm

      I am no fan of bureaucratic constipation in the U.S. or P.R.; but one needs to read both sides of this story before determining how this hospital was able to provide needed services and not have to pay its power bill. Keep in mind that in P.R. churches, schools, all government offices where almost 40% of known to be employed persons, apparently are not shut-down for non-payment. You might find it to be a part of socialism that fits the culture of the island.

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