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MS can trigger justice is confirmed monopoly prices of orthotics and prosthetics

A government task force investigating suspected irregularities and unauthorized charges made in 20 hospitals

 
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Alexandre Padilha, Minister of Health
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Alexandre Padilha, Minister of Health

The Health Minister Alexandre Padilha, said on Tuesday (23), that the folder can trigger the Ministry of Justice case are identified evidence that the prices charged for the use of prostheses and orthoses in 20 hospitals characterize monopoly.

The government announced yesterday (22) the creation of a task force to investigate suspected irregularities and unauthorized charges on prosthetic implants (used as a substitute for the body's joints and limbs) and orthotics (devices that serve to align or adjust certain parts of body) 20 made in hospitals. Among the hospitals to be audited, one is public and the other private or philanthropic.

According to Padilla, from isolated cases that have come to the ministry, the task force will investigate, in a first moment, hospitals with high numbers of surgeries for implants and prostheses, orthopedic and cardiovascular and they have great proportion of multiple surgeries or sequential ( when one person receives more than one device).

This can happen in a polytrauma patients, but [has occurred] in a very high proportion, he said, emphasizing that some hospitals even register more than 90% of the surgeries in question as multiple or sequential.

We set up this task force, which will make an initial assessment in these very detailed first 20 hospitals. From there, we can identify new mechanisms for improvement and especially of regulation. We want to identify, in this chain that begins with the distribution of orthotics and prosthetics, involves the acquisition by the private hospital and the doctor indicates that, if this increase in price is justified, he added.

Source: AGÊNCIA BRASIL
   Palavras-chave:   Orthoses    Prostheses    National Bureau of Audits SUS Denasus    ANVISA    Orthopedics    Alexandre Padilha   
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