President Alberto Fernández assured the president of the Argentine Union of Private Health Entities (UAS), Claudio Belocopitt, that the Government is not working on a reformulation of the health system that leads to a nationalization of the sector. He also said that he will analyze the suspension of the increase in prepayments.
“We talked about everything, about the pandemic, but also about what transpired about this much-discussed increase and everything that it generated in the sector. The President conveyed reassurance to me in the sense that under no circumstances is he thinking about nationalization, much less “, Held Belocopitt in a dialogue with accredited journalists in the Pink House. And he added: “He does not have in his head any plan to intervene or nationalize the health system.”
As he could know THE NATION, The President, who justified going back with the increase due to the impact it will have on real wages, promised to give private health companies a quick response. Among the options that were put on the table is the possibility of segmenting the increase by the value of the health plan or reinstalling the Emergency Assistance to Work and Production (ATP) program.
“His concern is about the impact on people’s pockets and that is why he took the suspension, not the elimination [del aumento]”, said the owner of Swiss Medical, who hours before meeting with the President and Chief of Staff, Santiago Cafiero, charged against the government’s plan to unify the Health system. “There are fantasies that have no logic, such as creating a single health system to have full power,” Belocopitt had warned in dialogue with radio Miter, in the morning.
After almost two hours in the presidential office, calm arrived. The businessman also said that in the next few days a new negotiation will begin to reach a new increase for the sector. “7 percent is the start of a package. It is not the solution. The problem is much broader,” explained Belocopitt.
The suspension of the increase – this is Resolution 2988 of the Ministry of Health published on December 31 – was an alarm signal after the words of Vice President Cristina Kirchner who, on the spot at the stadium Diego Maradona, in La Plata, had raised the need to go “to an integrated national health system between public, private and social works that optimizes resources.”
Some of the main actors in the sector see behind the speech of the former president an attempt to control the private sector fund that serves 70% of the population. That is why the head of state sought to send a clear message that the objective is not to remain in control of the private clinics.
At the beginning of the election year, the President’s concern is focused on the recovery of the economy and the vaccination plan. Inflation, in this case, is central. That is why he defined stopping the increase at the end of the year.
“Obviously there is a need for an increase in the sector. When from one hour to another this changes, it generated a state of alarm,” he closed Belocopitt.
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