A group of chambers and entities that represent the companies and laboratories that provide equipment, inputs, reagents and critical elements for clinical diagnosis They denounced before the Minister of Economy, Sergio Massa and his Health counterpart, Carla Vizzotti, that “due to the current regulatory and exchange restrictions, they are prevented from the normal supply to the health system” and warned that this situation “will imminently affect the performance of clinical analyses, forcing to suspend such as transplants and surgeries, putting patients in the country at risk of life.”
Health SMEs are going through a critical situation
These are eight representative entities of the sector that sent various notes that were also addressed to the Secretary of Commercial Policy and Management, Germán Cervantes, and to the heads of the BCRA and ANMAT. In the same they requested hearings “urgently to resolve the delays in the approval and new payment terms of SIRAs that the normal supply of highly sensitive elements for the Argentine health system emerges ”.
In these communications, the laboratories and companies denounced that “the impact of the shortage of this type of critical products is very important and have a serious impact on the health system and, ultimately, on patients, due to the imminent risk of shortage of our products spare parts and supplies essential for the operation of equipment and the performance of diagnosis and treatment”.
Sector sources indicated that “the proposed solution to the authorities is practically immaterial in terms of foreign currency, since the set of inputs that today are in supply difficulties represent less than 1% of Argentine foreign trade”.
What are the reasons why foreign trade is “practically paralyzed”
The spokespersons added that in the face of this extreme situation, they are obliged to “alert all those actors in the sectoral value chain who fulfill the noble and indispensable task of caring for them and ensuring their well-being about the real risk to the health of patients. ”.
Although the entities have had various meetings with different areas of the State, they assure that so far they have not been able to resolve the situationThis afflicts the health system, from the shortage of foreign currency that is essential to meet the payment of basic and critical inputs such as those involved in the value chain of the medical diagnosis and treatment system.
Which are the sectoral chambers that signed the requests
The notes with the claim before the government authorities were signed by
- the Argentine Chamber of Supplies, Implantables and Medical Equipment (CADIEM);
- the Traumatology Industry Chamber (CADIT);
- the Argentine Chamber of Manufacturers of Medical Implants (CAFIME);
- the Argentine Chamber of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Manufacturers and Traders (CAFYCOR);
- the Chamber of Industries for Health of the Province of Córdoba (CAISAL);
- the Argentine Chamber of Electromedical Equipment Producers (CAPEEM);
- the Argentine Chamber of Diagnostic Reagents (CAPRODI) and
- the Argentine Union of State Providers, Subcommittee on Reagents and Diagnostic Elements (UAPE Network).