The Colombian government has invested more than 5 billion pesos to combat the pandemic

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In a file photo, medical workers care for a sick person in an intensive care unit in Bogota, Colombia. EFE / Mauricio Dueas Castaneda

To deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the country has had to expand its hospital care capabilities, which has represented a significant expenditure for the state. Payment of medical personnel, purchase of equipment, provision of beds for Intensive Care Units (ICU), affiliation and other benefits, among other benefits, Over 5 trillion pesos have been invested between 2020 and 2021.

Initially, For the first year of the pandemic, about 3.1 trillion pesos were allocated, The Ministry of Health (Minsalud) states that this was possible because there was a decline in health services by people in 2020. The isolation made it possible to avoid accidents caused by traffic accidents, injuries to people, infections, or respiratory strokes, and that not having them resulted in savings to the health system in terms of costs.

Now, as of 2021, people have returned to go to health centres, so financing mechanisms such as capitation payment units (UPCs) are being used for services that are not Covid-19. Despite this, a significant budget continues to be allocated to attend to the coronavirus contingency.

“In the current pandemic, the national government has irrigated additional resources for the UPC and the maximum budget, therefore, needs to support those resources with additional resources to continue to guarantee the services of Covid-19, including those in this Time it has increased to 2.8 billion so far this year, ”Maria Andrea Godoy Casadigo, Deputy Minister of Social Protection of Minaslude, informed this 21 November.

The Ministry assures that these figures are in line with normal expenses, as In addition, other investments have been made in health through the Common System of Social Security (SGSSS). About 2.2 trillion pesos have been taken from that fund To expand the intensive care infrastructure and another 60 billion pesos to strengthen the network of public laboratories.

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On the other hand, a range of resources have been distributed to users of the subsidized regime, who have to isolate themselves if they present a positive diagnosis of COVID-19. As such, they cannot go to work and mobilize resources to support themselves. There are currently 222,000 households that have benefited from 46,000 million pesos in subsidy for this concept.

Also distributed through SGSSS Resources to 363 healthcare providers (IPS) to keep ICUs available. In addition, they have been provided assistance that has helped them pay the payrolls of the human teams assigned to take care of these pavilions.

“There have been 363 IPS who have received around 450 billion pesos. They have sacrificed their lives to serve all Colombians and the national government has given them a one-time economic recognition, consisting of 259 thousand professionals who have participated in the entire pandemic on the front lines,” Deputy Minister he said.

Similarly, those who have been associated with contributory governance and who could not continue to contribute during the pandemic due to economic inactivity, continue to receive health services. Minslud explains that he has not been suspended because the government has subsidized the entire value of the UPC. About 2.8 trillion pesos cost the maintenance of the system’s 2 million members who could not continue to contribute due to economic inactivity.

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