23 de febrero de 2021, 8:43La Paz, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) Operations to control the correct application of rates and the provision of services in laboratories, private clinics and pharmacies, will begin today in Bolivia to combat the excessive prices reported by the population in recent days.

The Vice Minister of Justice, Jorge Silva, in charge of the Defense of User and Consumer Rights, declared to the state channel Bolivia TV that the institutions that make up the National Council for the Supply and Control of Medicines Prices will carry out permanent inspections to protect health public.

Silva assured that this strategy will annoy the owners of some clinics that place their interests above the greater good, attitudes denounced by the Ombudsman’s Office at the weekend.

The head of the latter entity, Nadia Cruz, reported that they received complaints from the Grumedso center (Santa Cruz) and the Nuestra Señora de La Paz and El Metodista hospitals, as well as the Agramont in the city of El Alto, for high bills that do not include intensive therapy services.

Cruz revealed that the complaints include charges of more than two thousand dollars for four hours of care in a private clinic, and demanded compliance with the Health Emergency Law promulgated on February 17 and currently the reason for a strike called by the Medical College until next February 28.

On the other hand, Vice Minister Silva highlighted that several pharmacies in the departments of Oruro and Cochabamba comply with the established rates.

He affirmed that the Government is committed to correcting, controlling and supervising these products and services to protect the population from mistreatment and psychological abuse committed by the personnel of some public sector health centers.

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