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Live, marches against the Health Reform, today March 9, patients – Other Cities – Colombia

This Thursday, March 9, there were marches against the health reform of the government. The protesters on this occasion were patient associations that have identified various points of disagreement with the bill to be discussed in the Congress of the Republic.

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Demonstrations were held in the main cities of the country. In Bogotá, the march was scheduled to leave at 9 am from the National Park to Santander Park. In Cali, at 9 am, the mobilization began in the Jairo Varela square and arrived at the Valle Governor’s Office, and in Medellín the march began at 10 am, in El Palo with La Playa and arrived at the Parque de las Luces.

The call for the march was made by Pacientes Colombiaan entity that brings together 195 patient organizations in the country.

Pacientes Colombia has stated that the reform presented by the Minister of Health, Carolina Corcho, is detrimental to the most vulnerable population in the country since the figure of insurance to the health system and the freedom to choose where to be treated would disappear.

Mobility is recovered by the Seventh

The protesters enter the pedestrian crossing of Carrera 7 with Calle 24 and mobility is recovered through the Corridor of Carrera 7.

The demonstration advances through the 7th

The mobilization is advancing in the opposite direction along Carrera 7 with Calle 26, in the South-North direction, causing road damage on the road.

Demonstration continues

The demonstration advances along Carrera 7 with Calle 32, in the North – South direction, causing road damage to the road.

The march advances in the city of Bogotá.


Courtesy Secretary of Mobility Bogotá

Mobilization advances in Bogota

In the National Park there are about 100 people mobilizing against the health reform.

The demonstration began in Bogotá. There is a road affectation in race 7 with calle 36 in the N-S direction.

These are the points that concern them:

This is how they have exposed in a document the points that concern them the most:

1. Despite the problems that the health system has, today Colombians have the right to comprehensive care.

2. The government reform does not solve the main problem that users and patients have today: the lack of medical specialists.

3. With the reform, affiliation to the health system and the possibility of choosing where to receive care will be lost. You will have to queue and paperwork to register with each family member.

4. Today when users have a problem due to denial or delay, the route is clear and it is known who to protect. With the government project this is not clear.

5. Health users are afraid that the territorial funds that will be created will handle the money as political booty.

With the reform, affiliation to the Health System is lost and the possibility of choosing where to be treated

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6. Primary Care Centers can be a very good idea to attend general medicine, but they are opposed to having a single place to start receiving care. What happens if there is no satisfaction with the service provided in the assigned place?

7. Nor is it known when all the proposed Primary Care Centers will be ready or how much they will cost.

8. How and with what money will the 2,500 Primary Care Centers that are proposed to be built be started up and 20,000 interdisciplinary medical teams will be hired? Are there enough doctors and professionals? What will the process for making an appointment be like? Will we have to go take a turn?

9. It is not known who will guarantee that hospitalizations, examinations, treatments and medications that cannot be given in Primary Care Centers are given.

10. It is likely that those who are undergoing treatment will not continue to be seen in the private clinics they are in today and will be changed to others where they have to start their medical history from scratch.

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11. The same will happen with the delivery of medicines. They will not deliver them to pharmacies and dispensers where they already do and it is not known if they will deliver them at home as they already do to many people.

12. Today many patients with diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and other high-cost diseases are in groups that do not call them, do not follow up, do not deliver medicines at home, and do not provide them with many things.

13. Patients are afraid that the health system and resources are managed exclusively by the State. With Social Security the experience was very bad and there was a lot of corruption.

They are very afraid that the health system and resources are managed exclusively by the State

14. It is not known if the money will reach without someone taking care of the resources and with the creation of so many new public and regional entities, which can cause more bureaucracy, clientelism, corruption and fragmentation in the system.

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15. They are also very afraid of what might happen in the transition stage that the reform talks about. There are no deadlines, times or clarity about what will happen to high-cost patients and orphan diseases.

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