The Ministry of Health assures that it has delivered USD 36 million to private clinics so far this 2018
The request of the Association of Clinics and Private Hospitals of Ecuador (Achpe)to the Government, for the payment of USD 220 million for pending accounts,generated the reaction of the Ministry of Public Health (MSP).
The entity reported that between January and November of this year it has disbursed USD 227 million to more than 323 establishments of the Public Health Integral Network and the Complementary Private Network. “According to the Ministry of Finance, in Treasury accounts, payments for Health are practically up to date, with a minimum outstanding balance that is expected to be canceled untilthe end of this year,” Salud said in a statement issued on Wednesday night28 November 2018.
Salud specified that this year it has disbursed USD 36 182 172 to the centers that are part of the Achpe. However, the association indicated that there are outstanding amounts from 2009 and requested a meeting with President Lenin Moreno to present his situation. Its members will give a speech on Thursday,November 29 in Guayaquil.
In the statement on Wednesday night, Salud explains that there is a regulation to facilitate payments for the care of patients derived. And it names the Ministerial Agreement 217, which determines the payment of advances to public and private hospitals to cover the expenses generated by the attentions.
“Currently,the MSP has 150 auditors nationwide to ensure the review of each of the files that enter for payment of benefits, complying with the rules of the Comptroller General of the State,” they say.
However,40 Achpe centers announced that delays in the cancellation of bills have caused problems with suppliers of supplies and medical equipment. Nor have they been able to pay salaries to their workers.
Salud reiterates that the resources delivered this year to the public and private network have allowed 520 730 patient care. And since 2012 disbursements total USD 1 234 million. “We invite the members of the Complementary Private Network to continue adding efforts that allow the investment made to date to continue to benefit our citizens,” the ministry statement ends. (I)