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Minister of Health Says Adjustment of Elderly Plan Needs to Be Faced

11/08/2017 - 13h54

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NATÁLIA CANCIAN
FROM BRASÍLIA

The minister of the health, Ricardo Barros, states that health care plans "assume a risk in advance for something uncertain" seeing they cannot adjust their monthly fees for users over the age of 60. A bill allowing such adjustment will be voted by a special commission of the lower house of congress on Wednesday (8).

In his interview to Folha, Barros states that this subject, criticized by users and consumer defense entities, "needs to be faced." "The economic balance of health care plans needs to be maintained," he says.

Currently, there are two types of adjustment for such plans: the annual adjustment, pursuant to the variation of costs for the period, and the age range adjustment. The Statute of the Elderly, however, vetoed such increase in 2004 (related to the age of users) from the age of 60 - there are 6.7 million customers of health care plans older than 60.

If the bill is approved, the increase will be allowed. The explanation is that, under the current model, there is only one abusive adjustment when users turn 59 - which could be divided into prior stages.

The minister also said that protocols for some treatments will be reviewed, to hospitalizations longer "than required".

Translated by ANA BEATRIZ DEMARIA

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