Allocation of beds for covid in health plans falls in October

The Covid-19 November bulletin from the National Supplementary Health Agency (ANS), released today (25), indicates that the number of beds allocated in hospitals to care for covid-19 cases for health care providers maintained the drop in October it began to be registered in April, reaching a level lower than that observed in October 2020. At that time, the second wave of the pandemic began.

According to the ANS, the overall monthly bed occupancy rate, which includes assistance to covid-19 and other procedures, reached 72% in October. This is the same level observed in the same month in 2019, when there was no pandemic. The occupation of common beds and ICU beds for covid-19 cases registered a significant decline. In October it was 40%. The rate in March this year reached 79%.

Beneficiaries

The number of beneficiaries of health plans in October remains with the growth trend observed since July 2020, which for the regulatory body represents, once again, the interest of Brazilians in accessing supplementary health. According to the publication, the total reached 48.575 million beneficiaries, an increase of 0.10% compared to the previous month.

In the comparison of October this year with the same month last year, hiring by the corporate collective type rose 4.62% in the group up to 59 years of age and 3.46% above that age. On the other hand, collective hiring by adhesion increased by 0.68% over 59 years of age and by 0.61% up to that age.

Exams

The search for tests and therapies dropped 1.4% compared to October 2019. “Pointing to a return to normality in the use of these health services, the resumption of exams and elective therapies is expected so that there is continuity from the care, early detection and treatment of diseases to the adequate monitoring of chronic patients”, says the bulletin.

The number of RT-PCR tests for detection of covid-19 carried out in July this year dropped 23.8% compared to the previous month, returning to the level of November 2020. In the case of antibody research tests, the drop was even higher, with a reduction of 42.81% from June to July.

Consumers

In October of this year, the total number of complaints registered an increase of 4.5%, compared to September. According to ANS, these complaints were subject to intermediation by means of the Preliminary Intermediation Notification (NIP). Demands related to covid-19, on the other hand, fell and reached 384 in the month.

“Of the total number of complaints related to coronavirus, 39% relate to difficulties related to exams and treatment for the disease. The intermediation of conflicts made by the ANS, between consumers and operators, has resolved more than 90% of these complaints”, he says the document.

Data

For the analysis of care indicators, the ANS considered information collected from a sample of 49 operators that have their own hospital network. The evaluation of economic-financial ratios took into account data from 105 operators for the study of cash flow and default analysis. “Together, the operators responding to these information groups comprise 74% of the beneficiaries of medical-hospital health plans,” he said.

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