Complaints about the poor functioning of the Instituto Obra Médico Asistencial (IOMA) have been going on for a long time, where both professionals and users are not satisfied with its performance. In recent days, the demands were echoed in the Legislature and one of the opposition blocs presented a bill to declare an emergency in the IOMA. In addition, they seek to question the president of the organization, Homero Giles.
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In this sense, the UCR + Cambio Federal bench in the Buenos Aires Chamber of Deputies proposed declaring an emergency for a period of one year, “with the purpose of alleviating the health, economic and financial deficit.” In addition, create a bicameral commission in the Buenos Aires parliament to supervise the social work of the province of Buenos Aires.
Opposition block asks to declare an emergency at the IOMA. (Photo: X @dgarciarena)
This commission will be made up of six deputies and six senators appointed by the Presidents of the chambers of the Buenos Aires Legislature. Its main function will be to “receive the report prepared by the IOMA board and focus on drafting a law that responds to the emergency of social work.”
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“In terms of public health, there can be no excuses. It is time for the provincial government to take charge of the public health crisis. Less show and more attention to millions of Buenos Aires residents,” said the president of the block, Diego Garciarena this Friday on his X account (former Twitter).
The legislator justified the request due to delays in payments to the clinics, which caused a lack of coverage in several Buenos Aires municipalities. Likewise, he highlighted the “lack of efficiency and transparency of management” of the IOMA.
“The current situation is critical, IOMA providers have been reporting significant delays in payments and outdated costs of medical benefits for some time; Therefore, many professionals decided to charge additional fees or in other cases have stopped providing services,” he says in the foundations of the project.
Meanwhile, PRO deputy Fernando Rovello presented a request for questioning to the president of the IOMA, Homero Giles, to provide details about the suspension of benefits in healthcare establishments and lack of medication coverage in different locations in the province.
The PRO requested the interpellation of the president of the IOMA, Homero Giles. (Photo: X @FerRovello)
The request bears the signature of the entire block and details that due to the debt that IOMA maintains due to non-payment of benefits corresponding to the months of August, September, October and November, benefits were cut for members of La Plata, Ensenada. , Mar del Plata, San Pedro, Tandil, Bahía Blanca, among others.
“The measure affects both Buenos Aires public employees and those who have contracted the service voluntarily. This whole situation seriously harms the beneficiaries of the Institute, who see their right to health curtailed, which constitutes one of the fundamental human rights,” said Rovello. “We demand that Giles explain to us what he did with the members' money,” he stated from his X account.
The concern reached the municipalities. Radicals seek to activate the Mayors' Forum with a summit that already has a date and place: it will be February 15 in Tandil. In addition to the renewal of authorities, the intention is to agree on a common work agenda among the mayors. One of the axes that they will address is the delicate situation of the province's health system, with special focus on the situation of the IOMA.