The Minister of Health pointed out that the health reform is concentrated on the Health Provider Companies (EPS), which have multiple complaints from the users
Health reform: Carolina Corcho assures that prepaid medicine and complementary plans will not be affected. Photo: Twitter @CarolinaCorcho
This Wednesday, November 9, the Minister of Health, Carolina Corcho, attended a political control debate in the Seventh Committee of the House of Representatives. According to the head of portfolio, the Gustavo Petro government's health reform would only compromise Health Provider Companies (EPS) and would not affect prepaid medical plans, complementary plans and special regimes.
< p class="paragraph">“The Government is not going to end complementary services, nor is this part of the health reform”, Corcho explained during his speech. Likewise, he specified that the initiative does not propose to end the health system. “A State cannot live without it and any reform that is made has to reflect the advances that the health system has had in Colombia,” he added.
The portfolio manager emphasized in which the situation is clarified for the country: “The reform does not affect prepaid, or complementary services or special regimes.”
The reform to the EPS has to do with the disagreements of the users. “We see how more than 680,000 complaints are presented to EPS per year”, the official specified, noting that 35% correspond to citizens “with risk of losing life or its quality”. For this reason, the Government of Gustavo Petro undertook to “safeguard the well-being and health of the population.”
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For the minister, “there are worrying public health tracer indicators”. During the political control debate, he stated that, when comparing Colombia with countries such as Costa Rica and Chile, the maternal and infant mortality rates have data from which the country “comes out very poorly compared to the countries of the OECD ―Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development—”.
Carolina Corcho warned that they do not know what debt EPSs have with the public: “Some entities speak of 10 billion pesos, Supersalud speaks of 16 billion and there are other entities that say it is 30 billion.” According to the official, the situation is quite serious because the State loses control of these resources.
Taking this problem into account, the health reform proposes a public data system. “It is necessary to strengthen a single data center so that there is greater control of public resources for specific purposes,” explained the minister and commented that, in this way, profits will not be generated in the administrator, “unless it is capitalized with private resources.”
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During the debate on political control, the head of portfolio spoke about one of the situations that has generated the most controversy: the purchase of vaccines against monkey pox. The official told the Seventh Committee that at this moment the negotiations are being advanced, but until it is a fact, the ministry will not make any announcements.
“When the negotiation is finalized , we will receive the highest number of doses of monkeypox vaccines that have arrived in Latin America”, the minister pointed out. In the coming weeks, she will explain the “protocols and procedures to comply with the country.”