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Compliments and Complaints

Satisfied with our care?

Are you satisfied with the care you are receiving or have received? That’s great! We are always happy to hear when patients leave our hospital satisfied. This way we know that we are heading in the right direction to provide optimal, patient-centered care. If you would like to let us know what we’re doing right, you can submit your compliments using on online compliment form.

Not satisfied?

We aim to always provide high-quality, exceptional care. However, sometimes a visit to our hospital may not go as expected or desired. In that case, please let us know. By sharing your experiences with us, you offer us opportunities to improve our care and services so that we can better serve you and others in the future. Help us improve healthcare together!

  1. The easiest way to provide feedback is to discuss your complaint with the responsible employee. This could be for example your doctor, a nurse or a member of our supportive staff. You can also always request a conversation with the supervisor and/or manager of the department. By having a conversation, it is often possible to look for an immediate solution.
  2. Can’t find a solution together? Or do you find it difficult to have this conversation in person? Then please contact our Complaint Officer by filling out our online complaint form.
  3. Would you prefer to fill out the complaint form on paper? You can fill out a paper Complaint form available at the Service Desk, on all of the wards, and next to the yellow drop boxes for complaints throughout the hospital.
  4. You can also submit a complaint by sending an email to, or by sending a letter to the Complaint Officer. When sending a letter or e-mail, please include your name, date of birth, address, e-mail address and telephone number. You can send your letter to:

St. Maarten Medical Center
Attn. Complaint Officer
Welgelegen Road 30, Cay Hill
St. Maarten

Who can submit a complaint?

Any patient or visitor of SMMC can submit a complaint. Legal representatives and direct relatives of patients can also submit a complaint. Other parties can only file a complaint with the patient’s permission. We do not handle anonymous complaints.

What can you submit a complaint about?

You can submit a comment or complaint about any matter at SMMC that you are dissatisfied with. This may concern, for example, medical treatment, patient care, information provision or the organization of care.

The Complaint Officer

If you would like to speak to the Complaint Officer, this is possible – even if you don't want to take any action. You can share your experience with the Complaint Officer who will explore what can be done about the complaint. The Complaint Officer informs, advises and if desired, mediates between you and the responsible staff member.

The Complaint Officer is an employee of the hospital but has an independent, neutral and impartial position. All complaints submitted to the Complaint Officer are registered. The Complaint Officer reports monthly to the Board of Directors and annually to the Inspectorate of Public Health.

What happens after you have submitted a complaint?

  1. You will be contacted by the Complaint Officer as soon as possible, but in any case, within five business days, to discuss the handling of your complaint.
  2. The Complaint Officer will inform and advise you about the handling of your complaint and if desired, mediate between you and the person or department involved in your complaint. You can find all information about the SMMC Complaints Regulation here.
  3. If the complaint handling has not achieved the desired result or you want an opinion on your complaint, you can submit your complaint in writing, addressed to the Board of Directors, and express that you would like a decision taken by the Board of Directors.
  4. If you cannot reach a satisfactory solution with the Complaint Officer, you can submit your complaint to the Interisland Complaint Committee at or you can request the Complaint Officer of SMMC to forward your complaint for further handling.


There is always the risk that a complication with a medical examination or medical treatment may occur. For example, after an operation, infection or bleeding may occur. These risks cannot always be avoided, however, we provide information about complications that are known to occur more frequently during your examination or treatment in advance. If a complication occurs, it does not automatically mean that the specialist or other healthcare professionals have done something wrong.

If you believe that you have suffered injury and damages as a result of negligence or careless medical treatment, then this may be a reason for you to hold SMMC liable.

If you would like to submit a claim because of suffered damage(s) as a result of your visit to the hospital, you can submit a complaint and indicate what happened and what your damage(s) consist(s) of. The Legal department will conduct an internal investigation and, depending on the nature of the claim, can forward (part of) the claim to SMMC’s medical liability insurer.

Loss or damage to your property

SMMC is not liable for loss or damage to your personal belongings. Therefore, we advise you to leave valuables such as jewelry, watches, and other items of (sentimental) value at home. It is also not advised to bring laptops and tablets to the hospital. Patients of the In-patient Wards can ask about the possibility of placing their valuables in safekeeping.

If you have lost something, please report this to the relevant department as soon as possible. It may still be found.

If you believe that you have suffered loss or damage through the fault or negligence of (an employee of) the hospital (for example to nightwear, glasses or dentures), you can submit a request to the hospital for compensation. This does not automatically mean that the hospital is liable. This will be investigated by the Legal Department of the hospital. You can submit a request for compensation by filling out an online Material damage claim form. You can also fill out a paper form available on the wards.



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  •  Fax : +1 721 543 0116
  •  Address : Welgelegen road 30 Unit 1
  •  Address : Cay Hill, St Maarten

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