According to a survey by the Defense of Users and Consumer Association (Duco), prepaid medical plan fees rose by 3,544% between 2012 and 2022, exceeding the inflation recorded in that period.
“If we add ten years, prepaid medicine always exceeds IPC: IPC increased by 2,467% between 2012 and 2022 and prepaid increased by 3,544% over that period,” said Pedro Bussetti, president of Duco. said in a statement to Tellum.
According to a report prepared by the association, prepaid medicine grew by 247.58% between 2020 and 2022; Between 2016 and 2019, during Mauricio Macri’s government, costs increased by 329.52%; And the value of the shares rose 144.14% between 2012 and 2015.
“During 2020, no relevant increase in prepaid medicine was implemented; only an increase of 10% was authorized at the end of the year and subsequently and to date, the increase is practically monthly and is based on accumulated inflation in the December period. The index is much higher than 2020-December 2022, even with projections of 100% growth in the CPI for the current year,” Duco said.
Considering the recorded data, an associate who paid a monthly fee of $1,000 in September 2012, in December 2015, he had to pay $2,441, at the end of 2019 he would pay an amount of $10,496 and at the end of 2022 In this, he will pay an amount of $36,482.
In this context, Bussetti pointed out that there are “four large prepaid companies that have 85% of the market,” and argued that “the state must recover its regulatory capacity” to control the service.
He also believed that “we should generate debate on the health system and strengthen public and social work systems”, adding that “the objectification of health is a whole issue, with companies more concerned with hotels than with medical benefits”. .
“There are significant businessmen in this sector who complain about low profitability and then buy television channels or make real estate investments,” the Duco chief concluded.