The Committee on Transparency, Governance, Inspection and Control and Consumer Protection of the Senate approved this Tuesday (21) a request to hold a public hearing with the director-president of the National Supplementary Health Agency (ANS), Paulo Rebello, to that he explain the 15.5% readjustment in individual and family health plans, authorized by the entity last month.
There is still no date set for Rebello to attend the collegiate. According to the approved application, the increase in health plan prices amid rising unemployment in the country and a new wave of coronavirus infections is unfair.
“There is really no better scenario that justifies this penalizing charge. Now, when everyone needs to provide health services more than ever, no one will end up having access to such services. . Much more in line with the constitutional principle of consumer protection and the dynamics of the most vulnerable party in the contracts would be to think about not charging these values”, says the document.
“Health plans will immediately put this demeaning increase in monthly fees into practice. And that without there being, so far, any real prospect of improvement in the economic scenario and employability in Brazil. On the contrary: we are experiencing an apparent increase in cases of Covid-19, many points of work closing, many uncertainties regarding the economic recovery, given the inherent health risks that still exist”, adds the request.
The 15.5% readjustment given by ANS was the largest increase authorized by the agency since the beginning of the historical series, in 2000. It applies to plans contracted from January 1999 onwards. The readjustment can be applied by the operator from the date contract anniversary, that is, in the month of contracting the plan.
The increased percentage is the ceiling 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.