Last night the House of Representatives passed a law concerning the regulating private health insurance plans.
The law of regulating the system of prepaid medical care, past by 190 votes to zero and provides new benefits for users, but is resisted by the major part of the private sector of companies.
The 190 votes were supported by the greater number of parties, while 29 votes, mainly from the ‘PRO’ and the ‘Coalición Cívica (CC)’, were abstained.
The bill provides that, after a certain number of years of contributions, the prepaid may not increase fees for the older members; age can not be a criterion for rejecting the admission. The contributions of younger members will widely redeem the gap.
The House accepted the changes made by the Senate last year, which were voted on the original penalty in 2008 by the House. It is a draft framework which Congress already tried to discuss for several years in a way to regulate the activities of private companies that provide medical services for more than four million people in the country.
“This law creates a regulatory framework and was not an activity which, besides being an activity for profit, concerned a good basic for social protection without control”, according to the legislator.
Radicalist Agustín Portela, vice president of the commission of the House of Health, stated that the topic “has a strong social implication” but questioned some points, arguing that “it was not armed with the sense of establishing a regulatory ensure a balance of prepaid system works.”
According to Graciela Camano, of the Peronist block, this law “is going to succeed in changing the status of the patients, who will stop to be users and instead will become patients.” She added that this will be an important step.
Claudio Lozano, the deputy of the party ‘Proyecto Sur’, emphasised that: “This law is necessary,” and he stressed the importance of market regulation of private health insurance plans and said it is “a step up from the current situation.”
In contrary, deputy of the ‘ PRO’, Gabriela Michetti considered that the rule “creates a significant risk of declining quality of services of one of the subsystems and ignores the other subsystems.”
The law, must be regulated by the Executive Power within 120 days after its publication, while companies will have a period of 180 days for the adaptation of this framework.