The influence of import barriers The expansion does not stop and the healthcare sector is now at the epicenter of the hardest hit areas. Companies and players in the field of marketing medical devices report dramatic events regarding the availability of basic products and highly complex materials. The segment ranges from the lack of reagents to the completion of analyzes and studies to the lack of batteries for hearing aids and devices for measuring glucose which are of crucial importance for diabetics. In the last few days, the Bottlenecks in orthopedics which indicate a lack of wheelchairs and equipment to care for people with different types of injuries or paralysis.
The lack of advance services in the health sector can be felt very clearly in all federal states. In the last few hours, the Association of Biochemists of the Province of Cordoba (FEBICO) has pointed out that the lack of reagents significantly complicates the times to carry out analyzes and other relevant studies.
“The problem is not in the offer, but in the possibility of buying. Some supplies are particularly affected because they are imported, but the main problem is that we cannot replace what the laboratories consume,” said Carlos Navarro, head of the company.
If the authorities in the health sector do not deal with the situation of scarcity and acceleration of the prices of the materials used by the sector and if there are no updates from the social and prepaid works, according to the manager, “In 15 days, the delivery of the analysis will be at risk“.
Meanwhile, the shortage of batteries and special batteries has also affected provinces such as Santa Fe, Córdoba, Mendoza and the Buenos Aires area, to name a few.
Shortage of batteries for medical devices
“The special batteries have not entered the country for around five months button type used in devices as sensitive as hearing aids for the deaf, for blood glucose meters, and also for electronic car and garage keys and flashlights,” a Rosario-based retailer and marketer recently revealed.
“The problem is not the value of the dollar. It’s a question of import permits. The ones that sell the most are allowed to be imported, but the batteries used in flashlights and in some models of hearing aids are left aside. Many months without them happening,” he added.
The entrepreneur emphasized: “There are many people who are looking for these special batteries for medical problems. This is very serious. Customers who buy wholesale and those who buy over the counter are complaining.”
“Imagine a deaf person who is looking for a battery for their hearing aid and there is none. Nothing like this has ever happened to us. We’ve been sold out for 15 or 20 days, but For several months, the government has not allowed the import of these batteries“, he added.
In communities like Tandil, health system stakeholders point out that the shortage of care has worsened since the last PASO. “After the devaluation, we had a strong impact on the drug and laboratory reagents sector. The offers for the integrated health system declined. Many products saw 100 percent increases. This is incomprehensible considering that the devaluation was 20 percent,” said Matías Tringler, head of Tandil’s integrated public health system.
Diagnoses get stuck because they are missing
In the last week of August, the Chamber of Medical Diagnostic Institutions (CADIME) warned that the delay in the entry of strategic supplies for the health sector into the country “results in a disruption in the supply of medical services”.
By a statement to which he agreed iProfessional The company believed that “there is an immediate threat of a shortage of essential products to diagnose and treat the thousands of patients who visit the SMEs that supply this sector across the country”.
“The situation is extremely worrying, according to a survey conducted by CADIME. Actually the import of spare parts or the purchase of equipment is paralyzed. “This means providers cannot operate their CT scanners for more than 40 days, making it impossible to conduct studies,” the organization said.
“Aside from that, Suppliers of supplies such as intravenous contrast media say they are out of stock, due to the delay in import procedures. “This situation has implications for suspension of benefits for medical diagnostics SMEs and for periods of existence not exceeding 30 days for large providers,” he added.