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Prepaid health payments contribution to the Solidarity Fund “should not be transferred to the share”

Prepaid health payments contribution to the Solidarity Fund “should not be transferred to the share”

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He explained that the 20% contribution that pharmaceutical companies must make in advance to the Solidarity Redistribution Fund (FSR) does not represent the formation of a solidarity fund or the creation of a new tax, and therefore “should not go to the value of the share.” Official sources.

This is what sources from the Health Directorate told Telam, which highlighted that expanding the Solidarity Redistribution Fund (FRS) contribution “is not about creating a trust fund, as some entrepreneurs in the sector have indicated, but much less about a new tax.”

Government-promoted changes to the system that allows workers to choose between prepaid or social work seek to generate greater competition to improve costs and services.

The sources explained that the fund was created to finance high-cost treatments, “such as disability expenses and the provision of automatic subsidies, with the aim of obtaining a fairer, more accurate and more supportive system.”

In press statements in recent days, Claudio Belocobet, President of the Argentine Health Union (UAS), considered that “(President Javier) Miley’s liberalization is a good thing, but they created a new tax that makes prepaid companies unviable.”

Specifically, the measure that puts the authorities on alert is the commitment to contribute to the fund 20% of what was collected outside of salary contributions, that is, the additional amount added by workers.

“What changes – official sources indicated – with the adjustment of the contribution should not go to the value of the fee because it will be kept within the system, in the Solidarity Fund. From this, prepaid payments will have access to a more important and larger Solidarity Fund.”

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The sources explained that the fund was created to finance high-cost treatments, “such as disability expenses and the provision of automatic subsidies, with the aim of obtaining a fairer, more accurate and more supportive system.”

They explained from the government that the changes in the medical system “make it possible for the beneficiary to choose freely, prepaid and social businesses compete freely, and the solidarity redistribution fund has a larger size so that the system is more equitable.”

Moreover, based on the new regulations, prepaid companies are also free to determine the amount of fees they take into account, with the aim of promoting free competition between different actors in the system and allowing the beneficiary to choose from a greater offer.

In this context, the source stressed that increasing the fund’s contribution “should not reach the value of the share.” “It is also not true that this fund will be managed by a union or directly by the CGT. If previous governments gave it to unions then it is a matter of previous governments. The matter is now being dealt with by the oversight body,” he noted.

They explained from the government that the changes to the medical system “allow the beneficiary to freely choose prepaid and social businesses to compete freely, and also allow the Solidarity Redistribution Fund to have a larger size so that the system is more equitable.”