Bolsonaro signs law forcing health plans to cover more treatments

President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) has permitted this Wednesday (21) a invoice that obliges health plans to pay for treatments that aren’t within the primary reference record of the National Supplementary Health Agency (ANS).

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The proposal ends the so-called taxation function of the ANS. It thus reinstates the exemplary record and stipulates that the record accompanying the company’s procedures serves solely as a reference for health plans—and doesn’t essentially imply that the gadgets contained within the doc should be lined.

Therefore, the beneficiaries of the schemes can request protection of treatments not within the record. It solely requires that there’s scientific proof or that the therapy is permitted by a overseas company.

In late August, the National Congress accomplished a invoice ending the ANS’s taxing function. The legislative initiative got here in response to a choice by the Superior Court of Justice (STJ), which dominated that health plans wouldn’t be required to cover treatments exterior the company’s record.

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The complementary health sector was already ready for the President’s approval, because it believed that it was a political choice and any veto can be of nice significance two weeks earlier than the elections. In current weeks, Minister Marcelo Quiroga (Health) has already been telling interlocutors that he is not going to advocate a veto to the chief govt.

Position exhibits the change in posture of the folder holder. In a debate session within the Senate, earlier than the vote, Quiroga criticized the venture, arguing that approval would have a serious influence on the sector.

– Individual plans are virtually not supplied by membership, collective plans. So, whereas selecting to have more procedures, more medication on the record, there are undoubtedly prices that might be handed on to the beneficiaries. And a few of them won’t be able to afford these bills. This is the fact,” stated the minister.

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– It was very simple for me to get right here and defend an exemplary and complete record, however the Minister of Health has to warn the senators, who will analyze this proposal, not solely what are probably the most acceptable methods to present health. As a proper of all and an obligation of the state, even throughout the purview of personal health schemes,” he added.

Quiroga additionally questioned the truth that many medication thought of novel “do not even serve to throw within the trash”.

Romero (PL-RJ), the initiator of the proposal within the Senate, celebrated the approval of the invoice on his social community.

“This implies that hundreds of thousands of individuals can have their treatments, therapies and medicines paid for by their health plans. That’s a win for all times!”, the parliamentarian wrote.

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“We had been blackmailed and threatened, however life is a non-negotiable proper. We did it!!! Always belief me!”, he added.

The invoice additionally amends the law associated to health plans, the Plans Act, to stipulate that operators are topic to the Consumer Protection Code, which isn’t the case in the present day.

The General Secretariat of the Presidency, until the publication of this report, had not knowledgeable whether or not there was a veto on the proposal. This Act must be printed within the Official Gazette of the Union.

Reporting by Renato Machado

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