The Camacho-Ada campaign has changed its stance on medical facilities. Previously, the Republican candidate for governor Felix Camacho believed that the Guam Memorial Hospital (GMH) and the privately run Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC) can function together.
The GRMC has agreed to donate $250,000 out of $1 million to the GMH given to the qualifying certificate.
Now, Camacho is suggesting that the Government of Guam buy the $400 million GRMC. His running partner, Senator Ada, explained that Guam’s Government simply cannot afford to build a new medical facility. He stated that building a new hospital would be good, but Guam’s government cannot afford this project due to the poor state of the economy. Governor Leon Guerrero plans to build a $1 billion health facility. Ada opposes this plan and states that this is unfeasible and would take away land from Guam homeowners. He goes on to say that this project would continue to put Guam’s citizens further in debt.
A lot of change has occurred in recent years that has led the Camacho-Ada campaign to change its stance on hospital construction. There is now less federal money available from the American Rescue Plan to fund the hospital, which is problematic because that was the primary source of funding for the hospital’s construction. The Army Corps has mentioned that the GMH has poor infrastructure and there needs to be a new hospital built or renovation was done to make this hospital meet proper hospital standards.
Following Leon Guerrero’s reelection, it is yet to be seen whether Camacho and Ada’s opinion will sway the Governor’s stance on the construction of a new medical facility.