Posted On 22 Jun 2017
The existence of the health debt the State maintains with the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security (IESS) for $ 2,527 million was questioned again yesterday by Finance Minister Carlos de la Torre 24 hours after the National Audit Office publicly certified, through an unappealable report, that such obligation does exist and that it was not legal its elimination from the Financial Statements of the IESS, in September 2016.
At the end of a meeting, the minister assured: “This would have to be determined, it would even be analyzed whether or not the debt actually exists.”
He also said that the problem that has existed since before was precisely the determination of the amounts. He said that this would be a figure close to $ 3,000 million, a “very important” amount for the Ecuadorian economy.
According to the Constitution and the Social Security Law, the state must pay the costs of medical care for retirees, housewives and even people with catastrophic illnesses. But since 2001 no government has paid it.
In the meantime, the Unitary Front of Workers is preparing to request the dismissal of the IESS authorities for their action against the debt. This will be announced today through a press conference.