The Commission for Transparency, Governance, Inspection and Control and Consumer Protection of the Senate approved this Tuesday (21) a request for a public hearing with the Director-President of the Complementary National Agency for health (ANS), Paulo Rebello, to whom he explained the readjustment of 15.5% of individual and family health plans, authorized by the entity last month.
There is still no set date for Rebello to attend collegiate. According to the approved request, the increase in health plan prices amid rising unemployment in the country and a new wave of coronavirus infections is unfair.
“There really is no better scenario that justifies this charge of a penalizing nature. Now, when everyone needs to provide health services more than ever, no one will end up having access to such services. . Much more consistent with the constitutional principle of consumer protection and the dynamic of the most vulnerable party in contracts would be to think about not charging for these values,” the document states.
“The health plans will immediately put into practice this degrading increase in monthly payments. And this without there being, until now, any real prospect of improving the economic situation and employability in Brazil. On the contrary: we we are seeing an apparent increase in Covid-19 cases, many work closure points, many uncertainties about economic recovery, given the inherent health risks that still exist,” the request adds.
The 15.5% readjustment granted by the ANS is the largest increase authorized by the agency since the beginning of the historical series, in 2000. It applies to plans contracted from January 1999. The readjustment can be applied by the operator from the anniversary date of the contract, i.e. during the month in which the plan is taken out.
The increased percentage is the cap valid for the period between May 2022 and April 2023 for contracts with approximately 8 million beneficiaries, which represents 16.3% of consumers of health care plans in Brazil.
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