Senator Juan Luis Castro (PS) addressed on Monday the departure of the Association of Isapres from the working table with the Ministry of Health (Minsal), an instance formed due to the crisis that insurers are going through. In this regard, the legislator commented that the isapres “threw the tablecloth.”
Recall that a Supreme Court ruling of November 30, 2022 established that all health and complementary plans must apply the table of factors of the Superintendence of Health, which came into force in 2020.
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“The isapres built their own stage. He blames the government for his ills. They desperately asked for a dialogue table. They sat down at the table, went to two meetings and then threw the tablecloth, saying that the government did not listen to them,” said Senator Castro, a member of the Senate Health Committee, in a conversation with El Mostrador in La Clave.
“The government proposed two things: one, an appeal for clarification, which the Supreme Court ruled in 24 hours, which says that the superintendent of Health cannot intervene on the base price of the plans,” added the PS parliamentarian.
“The second thing that the government has done is that it is going to present to the country a bill to strengthen Fonasa and have a new modality of care, in addition to hospital, in addition to free choice, it will incorporate a modality of purchase of complementary private insurance to health plans.”
With this, Fonasa “will be able in that scenario, with a new law, to be able to receive, on equal terms, people who eventually leave an isapre or any citizen who wants to have private coverage as well. It turns out that with that information the isapres say ‘no, we’re leaving,'” he said.
On the ruling of the Supreme, he said that it is “very categorical and in favor of the people, in favor of the people, because this world of the isapres was tripping itself when the users of the system themselves began to go to justice, it began to go well for the people when they raised the price of the plans. This comes about four, five years ago, it was increasing.”
“To the Supreme Court of Chile, 95% of the cases that come to it are isapres. 95%. That speaks to the level of outrage of the people,” he said.
Lists: the official discussion
Senator Castro also addressed the discussion in the ruling party over the electoral lists for the election of the Constitutional Council. The Central Committee of the PS decided yesterday on a single list, while the National Council of the PDP decided to go on a separate list with Democratic Socialism.
“All the parties claim to support the government, and we say ‘if so, let’s prove it,'” the parliamentarian said.
“If we go on two lists … it will be the responsibility of those who have said again and again that they privilege their identity, their sector, their legitimate way of seeing things, but not the unity of the entire conglomerate, and people know that I am referring to the PPD, the radicals and some others, and they are in that position that I hope they will rectify these days.” Added.
“If it is about putting above that identity the success of the changes we want in the Constitution, having a majority and not losing the 3/5 that is the quorum to make the changes, I think the risk is a lot, it is too much,” he continued.
In that line, he maintained that “if we start from the basis of self-division, of self-segmenting, in something that people will not understand too much, also with an electoral risk of defeat, please, it is like the prelude to the prophecy, that all this is going to go wrong because it started badly. ”
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