Petro Takes Action Against Colombian Insurer Amid Health Reform Delays

President Petro Takes Control of EPS Sanitas to Advance Health System Reforms Amid Opposition

Amid challenges in overhauling Colombia’s health system, President Gustavo Petro’s government has taken steps to gain control over one of the country’s largest private insurers. The health superintendent recently announced plans to intervene in EPS Sanitas, a major insurer with 5.7 million users that is part of the Keralty SAS health group. This move represents a strategic escalation by the leftist leader as he seeks to implement his health system reforms.

President Petro faces resistance in Congress and other institutions to his efforts to transform Colombia’s conservative economic model. With private health insurance workers protesting the proposed changes in Bogota, the government is facing pushback from the industry. Health Minister Guillermo Alonso Jaramillo and other officials have voiced concerns about the practices of some insurance companies, highlighting the need for reform.

The intervention in EPS Sanitas underscores the challenges President Petro’s government faces in enacting significant changes. The move to assert control over a major private insurer signals the administration’s commitment to improving the health system despite obstacles. With ongoing debates and protests surrounding healthcare reforms, the road ahead for President Petro’s government remains uncertain.

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