Wednesday, February 8, 2023

In the health system, who doesn’t pay and how much is the debt?

Over the weekend, the EPS union confirmed they owe the government $2.6 trillion in accounts pending between 2021 and 2022, resources that, if delivered, could offset obligations with health providers and hospitals Will generate a significant current.

Paula Acosta, president of the Colombian Association of Comprehensive Medicine Companies (Acemi), took advantage of the letter that the Attorney General’s Office sent to the Ministry of Health in which she warned of a possible insufficiency of resources that would affect a fundamental right. Health of the Colombian people.

In statements to W Radio, the leader said there is a schedule by January 17 to clarify the numbers and a March deadline to cancel the corresponding loans for 2020 and 2021, but did not define a schedule for the remainder. has been done. 2022, despite the fact that the Ministry of Health has a platform in which doctors directly write down whatever they order for patients.

In turn, Olga Lucia Zuluaga, director of the Colombian Association of Public Hospitals and State Social Enterprises (Acesi), questioned Acemi’s claim.

“The accounts do not add up, and this worries us, as the EPS are only bothered by the dues owed to them but have not yet paid their creditors, in this case the public and private lenders to the IPS. provides services for millions of Colombians who sought medical care at all levels,” Zuluaga said.

While the EPS union confirms that the government is owed $2.6 trillion in accounts pending through 2021 and 2022, the portfolio with all public providers has reached $7.6 trillion.

“And what is even more worrying is that 55% of the 7.6 trillion that is outstanding on EPS is matched by loans of more than a year, a situation that has become customary among these institutions, which tend to age the portfolio. Various stratagems and invoices delay the return. , with which it becomes difficult to collect them, ”said the director of ACE.

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In addition, the National Health Superintendence reported that the debts left by EPS that are being settled, that have already been settled and that are still active in the Colombian health system, as of January 6, amount to $49.1 billion.

According to the entity, the debt corresponding to the eight EPS being disposed is $5 billion, with Saludcoop, Saludvida and Comparta having the most outstanding. And the debt left by the eight EPS that have already completed their liquidation process is $27.5 billion, including Cafesalud, Cruz Blanca and Menexca (see to learn more).

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