The Superintendence for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights (Sundde) has opened sanctions procedures for alleged violations of the Fair Price Law in 43 private clinics of the Capital District and the Anzoátegui, Aragua and Miranda states.
In the Twitter account of the superintendent and Minister of Commerce, William Contreras, the list of private health centers that were sanctioned was disclosed.
These procedures were announced on July 8 and now the managers of these clinics must appear before the Sundde so that they can impose the corresponding penalty.
According to the information previously published by Banca y Negocios, the centers that were sanctioned for failing to provide "the information required of the procedures and costs of health", "those who have violated the individual rights" and "the centers of Private health that could be subjected to the crime commission of conditioning i usury«.
The establishments that incur in these crimes will be sanctioned with the punitive measures that foreseen the articles 56 and 58 of the Law of Fair Prices. The presumed criminal offense is punishable by fines of between 500 and 10,000 Tax Units according to their severity, and with imprisonment of three to six years.
The crime of usury is sanctioned in prison from five to eight years. In the norm, usury is defined as "agreement or agreement, whatever the form used to make the transaction appear, hide it or reduce it, obtain it for itself or for a third party, directly or indirectly , a benefit that implies an advantage notoriously disproportionate to the consideration that in turn performs ».
Sanction unfair and unpayable
Banking and Businesses He spoke with two executives from private sanctioned clinical centers, who agreed to indicate that they presented their cost structures at Sundde, but officials insisted on making price adjustments that are simply not acceptable.
The executives consulted indicated that in bolivars most of the clinical procedures are not profitable and generate, in fact, serious levels of loss. Hyperinflation affects the updating and maintenance of equipment in health centers that necessarily have to do these costs, because otherwise they could affect the patients.
In figures, revenues from private clinics, sources indicate, have fallen between 60% and 75% in the last year, so the cost adjustments are indispensable. They insist that, in fact, it has been necessary to suspend procedures, reduce the capacity of hospitalization and eliminate services, because there is no longer the purchasing power to support a normal health care infrastructure in the country.
The other big problem is that there are no longer financing mechanisms such as insurance policies, so that the flow of patients has dropped significantly.
The directors indicate that these sanctions are unfair, because the authority refuses to see the reality that companies live in Venezuela. One of the sources indicated that, despite the increases, most services do not cover the costs necessary for their provision and the same administrations understand that limitations should be limited.
Problems such as the exodus of more than 40% average medical personnel and about 30% of nursing staff also influence the costs.
This is the list of the 43 private health centers that we sanction for incurring speculation and conditioning crimes in the services, responding to the complaints received and maintaining the supervision mechanisms as instructed by the Pdte. @ NicolasMaduro # 17Jul pic.twitter.com/7NNFtNqZLd
– Willian Contreras (@WContreras_) July 17, 2019