Roy Barreras and Gustavo Bolivar
Little by little, the text of the health reform built by Minister Carolina Corcho has become known and one of them did not go down well with Roy Barreras. The president of the Senate, who is part of the government bench, rejected a part of an official document on the project, which led him to confront former senator Gustavo Bolívar, who accused him of creating panic and favoring the opposition.
Roy Barreras sees it necessary to “end the abuse” of some EPS, but not to eliminate the entire insurance model in Colombia
The president of the Senate highlighted the benefits of the current health system, but pointed out that a preventive approach is necessary, especially in rural areas of the country that have less infrastructure and medical professionals
Barreras, who should direct the debate on the text when it is filed in Congress, went against one of the principles of the reform approach, which is found in a slide that would have been shared by the Ministry of Health as a form of summary of the project. .
“” End the health system and build another “? The current system has been under construction for 30 years and still requires improvement. And while the new one is being built, who will take care of the health of the 50 million Colombians? No transition? Reform yes, but without putting everyone’s health at risk, ”wrote the congressman on his Twitter account.
Gustavo Bolívar attacks Roy Barreras for criticizing the health reform
Although Corcho assured that the project has been publicly known and is the “most discussed reform in the republican history of the country”, only members of the Government and its bench would have had access to it. That is why Barreras’ criticism is the first to be publicly known since the Historical Pact.
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Andi, Fenalco, AmCham Colombia, among others, called on the national government to allow and promote a conversation that ensures that any modification to the system is viable and sustainable over time.
Barreras clarified that he is not against the entire text, since in his legislative work he has unsuccessfully proposed the elimination of the EPS as proposed by the Minister of Health. She supports modifying vertical integration, recovering the public network and health centers, as well as putting primary care at the center.
“But that requires a transition and some Administrators of the Benefit Regime and a mixed system. Build on what has been built. Do not put an end to 30 years of experience in information systems, auditing, quality systems and administration of delivery networks. The EPS must be transformed. The insurance system works and is mixed public-private. Let’s talk,” proposed the president of the Senate.
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According to the Ministry of Health, the meeting made it possible to identify the areas of interest to channel the support of the international community interested in accompanying the reform process
That would be the same concern of the Minister of Education, Alejandro Gaviria, who for almost eight years held the health portfolio in the administration of Juan Manuel Santos. Corcho assured W Radio that he discussed the reform with his cabinet mate and he raised objections about the transition to the model that the minister seeks to implement.
Former senator Gustavo Bolívar, who is emerging as a candidate for mayor of Bogotá, did not share the same concern and instead said that the health system will not change, nor will it end, but what is sought to be modified is the flow of public resources to the providers.
“Roy, don’t panic. Encourage the opposition. No one has talked about ending the system, let alone leaving 50 million Colombians without health. The IPS and the public hospital network will continue to provide the service normally. What changes is that the State no longer pays them through intermediaries,” said Bolívar.
The president of the Senate sent his former bench partner to read and shared slide number 9 of the document that the Ministry of Health shared with him about the reform. There it is proposed as a principle of the reform to end the inequities of the system.
Roy Barreras sent Gustavo Bolívar to read the health reform
“Put an end to the deep inequalities and inequities that health businesses generate, or what is the same, put an end to this Health System and build another in which the life and health of those who have money is not worth more than life and the health of those who do not have it,” the document states.
“That is what has generated panic, not my call for dialogue. Yes to the Reform without EPS, but not destruction”, added Senator Barreras. Minister Corcho has argued that the current system or the EPS will not be ended, but that the reform would focus on the administration of resources for insurance care.
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