The prepaid medicine sector reports that two weeks ago the first co-payment invoices for the medical care of its members arrived at the offices of the Social Security Institute (IESS, in spanish) and the Armed Forces (Issfa).
This is part of the Law that regulates prepaid medical companies and establishes that the IESS or the Ministry of Health charge these companies for the care of those who have private insurance, depending on the amount contracted.
Patricio Ávila, a member of the Association of Prepaid Medicine Companies, affirms that these co-payments will affect the sector because they will affect what they cancel due to accidents. “One million who had prepaid medical coverage or private insurance will soon see a day they no longer have it, they have already covered their coverage and they have to go and demand these medical services at the Ministry of Health and the IESS, collapsing even more to the public sector”.
The union has not yet accounted for the total invoices received from IESS and Issfa. There are 17 companies of prepaid medicine that are in liquidation or in cause of dissolution, says Ávila: “In 2016, ten companies registered losses ($ 5’556.758)”. (I)