Sunday, October 1, 2023

At risk, supply of medicines for millions of patients in Colombia

The president of Fenalco, Jaime Alberto Cabal, asked the National Government to guarantee the liquidity of General Health Social Security System to ensure proper and timely operation of Pharmaceutical Managers, Otherwise, the supply of medicines to millions of patients in the country will be at risk.

In a letter addressed to Guillermo Jaramillo Minister of Health; and Ricardo Bonilla, Minister of Finance, He requested that the union of Pharmaceutical Managers be included in the work tables, like other unions in the sector, considering the importance of this segment, which delivers medicines throughout the national territory.

He also asked to study the inclusion of additional resources set to pay debts and pending payments of one billion pesos to the Pharmaceutical Managers, who manage the distribution of drugs and supplies, which is not included in Health Benefits Plan.

According to the spokesperson of the traders in the country, the union to which the Pharmaceutical Managers belong, although the Government pays, They only cover 80% of the cost of services provided, which creates a deficit of 20%, which increases the value of pending payments.

In addition – he added – the lack of budget adjustments for 2022 and 2023 has created a gap, making the resources insufficient to cover the expenses generated by the distribution of medicines. and health supplies, effectively implemented by Managers to the benefit of millions of Colombians.

“At this time, the transfers for the Maximum Budget corresponding to the months of July and August are pending, which means that currently the pharmaceutical managers directly finance and exploit the distribution of medicines and health supplies to patients. there are no conditions that prevent their medical treatments,” added the traders’ spokesperson.

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