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Health Plan may be required to pay power escort elderly

Project analyzed in the House provides that payment only for companions of patients younger than 18 years

 
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Mr Major Fabio (DEM-PB) author of Bill 4990/13
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Mr Major Fabio (DEM-PB) author of Bill 4990/13

The Board examines Bill 4990/13 by Mr Major Fabio (DEM-PB), which requires health plans to cover food expenses of relatives of patients with more than 60 years. The Law of Current Health Plans (9.656/98) provides that payment only to relatives of patients under 18 years.

The Elderly Statute provides for the right to the presence of a companion, but written in dubious language, gives rise to the interpretation that such a right would be limited to hospitals of the Health System, argued the deputy.

This interpretative loophole, said Major Fabio, has allowed health insurance companies no longer cover these expenses.

Note that the elderly require mostly the presence of a loved one in their hospital stays, because many can not or are too embarrassed to express their demands or to request services from doctors or nurses promptly concluded.

<b> Proceedings </ b>

The project is appended to PL 6125/05, which deals with a similar theme. Both will be analyzed, conclusively, by committees of Social and Family; Finance and Taxation, and the Constitution, Justice and Citizenship.

Source: AGÊNCIA CÂMARA
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