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They officialize the increase in prepaid medicine: 15% in December and 10% in February

2020-10-30T19:15:11.811Z

The percentages were agreed with the prepaid, but they criticize that the State in exchange for the adjustment will withdraw the benefits granted by the pandemic



Ismael Bermudez

10/30/2020 3:18 PM

  • Clarín.com

  • Economy

Updated 10/30/2020 4:05 PM

In the next few hours, the Resolution of the Superintendency of Health Services will be published in the Official Gazette that authorizes the

increase in the fees of private medicine companies

("prepaid"), according to

sources in the sector

assured

Clarin

.

The increase in the fee will be

15% from December and another 10% from February.

The prepayments await the publication of the official Resolution because the affiliates must receive the notification of the increases

30 days in advance.

"This adjustment aims to sustain the benefits of the system and has the commitment of the Prepaid Medicine entities, to transfer these improvements to the fees of Clinics, Sanatoriums and Diagnostic Institutions", says the statement from the Superintendency.

The previous authorized increase was 12% in December 2019. Since then, the quotas remained

unchanged

, but due to the pandemic, the health sector received

several aid from the State.

Now, with the increase in quotas

, these state aid would be eliminated

, which is objected by companies, especially private clinics and sanatoriums.

In addition to the

ATP program

, by which the State pays part of the salaries of the companies in the sector, last March through decree 300/2020 the State

reduced by 95% the employer contributions

of the companies in the sector destined for the Argentine Integrated Pension System (SIPA), while a lower rate was set for the payment of the tax on debits and credits.

According to the decree, these benefits reached social works, health insurance services -prepaid and mutual medicine-, hospitals, outpatient care services performed by doctors and dentists, diagnosis and treatment services, and emergency services and transfers, among others. .

Without the ATP program, the fiscal cost of the measures adopted by the pandemic for the Health sector, as a whole, is

$ 64,106 million

according to the Congressional Budget Office (OPC).

The most important item is the $ 5,000 bonus for health personnel from the Public and Private Sector.

In the case of social works, the transfers they receive due to a fall in collection correspond to funds not from the State but from the Emergency Fund that was created with money from the Redistribution Solidarity Fund that receives every month a percentage of the contributions and contributions of the system.  

On the other hand, due to the

loss of registered jobs and the fall in the income

of wage earners and independent workers, which has dragged on since the beginning of 2018, there were many

disaffiliations from the system and the move to lower

, cheaper

plans

.

Health officials highlight that the expenses related to the prepayment fees have a fiscal cost for the State because they are deductible up to 5% of the net profit of each year from the income tax base, which alleviates the impact of the increase in fees on members.

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