After an arduous battle in court, the parents of a child with Down syndrome, who was rejected by two private health insurance companies, achieved that their son be insured in any of the plans of these two companies.
The couple also got an order to amend the clauses in insurance contracts in these and all insurance companies in Ecuador, thereby setting a precedent for the rights of people with this syndrome.
The victory in this long struggle took place on Feb. 28 at the hearing of protective action imposed against the insurance companies, in which the judge of the judicial unit number 1 of the Family, Children and Adolescents, Ronald Cevallos, failed in favor of the family.
On January 17, the child’s parents tried to enroll their son in an insurance company which denied the request because the child had Down syndrome. Then a second company also refused the right of affiliation to the child.