The Ministry of Health backed down after announcing the 25% increase for prepaid medicine between December and February: instead the adjustment will be 10% during the last month of the year, according to what it notified this Wednesday in a resolution.
The modification will take place despite the fact that the companies had already informed through statements about the increase scheduled for the end of the year.
Last Friday, the Superintendency of Health Services had confirmed that, after the negotiations, they had given the green light to an increase of 15% corresponding to the December quota and another 10% for February.
The increase in December will be the first of the whole year, since the last had occurred in the same month of 2019.
In accordance with Resolution 1787/2020, published this Wednesday and with the signature of the Minister of Health, Gins Gonzlez Garca, he expressed: “Resolution No. 1786 dated October 30, 2020 of the Ministry of Health is annulled.”
It also determines an increase to all prepaid medicine companies of up to 10 percent as of December 1, 2020. According to the publication, the resolution that stipulated increases of 25% was annulled by a “material error.”
Despite being included in the Emergency Assistance Program for Work and Production (ATP), companies in the sector have been demanding a recomposition.
With the benefits of the national State, the prepayments made the ANSeS pay a part of the salaries of its workers, and also a reduction of 95% of the employer’s contributions destined to the Argentine Integrated Social Security System (SIPA).
A lower rate was also set for the payment of the tax on debits and credits.
The companies assure that the prices were outdated, since their costs increased around 30% so far this year.
Prepaid billing was affected by a lower number of affiliates due to the economic crisis.