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Health Reforms: Lokpal will interact with various sectors; these are the dates

At the national headquarters of the Office of the Ombudsman, in Bogotá, dialogues will be held with EPS, IPS, patient organizations, academics and regional authorities.

“These will be the building blocks for listening to all that may constitute health reform… It is necessary to review what works well to strengthen, what is susceptible to improvement and relate what is wrong doing to take measures”said the Ombudsman, Carlos Camargo Assis.

Ombudsman, Carlos Camargo
Ombudsman, Carlos Camargo – photo: Photo: Provided to Semana

The unit highlighted that it is essential that whatever the proposal, “The right of users and patients to receive health services with opportunity and quality is guaranteed”. as well as guaranteeing the labor and contractual rights of all personnel associated with the health system, “especially the thousands of public hospital workers who have not received their pay for months,” the ombudsman said.

communication dates

  1. the first forum will take this place Friday 3 February At the National Headquarters (Calle 55#10-32, Bogotá), from 8:00 a.m. Representatives of patient organizations and user associations.
  2. second dialogue will be Monday, February 6 with Eps. of subsidy and contributory regimes, and with IPS public and private.
  3. the third dialogue will be Tuesday February 7 with union leaders associated with pharmaceutical industry and with representatives of Academy of Health with and union organizations.
  4. the fourth dialogue will be Wednesday February 8 with regional officers.
Schedule Of Dialogue Days With Health System Actors.
Schedule of dialogue days with health system actors. – photo: ombudsman

Alejandro Gaviria criticizes Carolina Corcho’s proposal with his soul: “The reform can do a lot of harm. much damage”

Criticism against this reform, which is one of the flags of the Petro government, could be the beginning of a crisis in the cabinet.

in a four page document Week Met, the main objections of the person acting as the Minister of Education are described. There, in his own words, he summarizes key passages in five items.

And it is that although from the outset, Gaviria clearly pointed out the inconsistencies with the reforms of his cabinet partner, Carolina Corcho, so far there has been a broad declaration.

Gaviria, who was the health minister for five years, begins by stating that the government’s proposal does not have the full picture and only blames the EPS for the current state of the system.

“Every reform effort must begin with a diagnosis, with an analysis of what works and what does not work, with an assessment of capabilities and heterogeneous regional realities. This has not happened with the health reform that is now being proposed.”reads in the text.

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Alexander Gaviria, Minister of National Education – photo: Esteban Vega La Rotta

Following the line, he confirms that it has been indicated that most problems arise in private and public administration. “As if abolishing the EPS was the solution to the problems of financial instability, corruption and regional inequality”Held.

He argued that financial problems exist in all health systems. “European public systems are on the verge of bankruptcy. The Colombian teachers’ subsystem (which does not have an EPS) also faces great financial difficulties and has three times more complaints per 1,000 affiliates than the contributory system. About the Armed Forces Subsystem This is also true.” Gaviria added.

In this sense, he indicated that Colombia’s experience “with single payer has been disastrous. It was with the so-called free assignment of social security in 1996, it was in 2001 with the direct recovery from Fosaga to pay attention to the displaced population. It was accompanied, it was during the last decade, by health secretariats paying for non-status services of subsidized governance”, he elaborated.

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