Senate Passes Bill to Ensure Access to Medicines: Sends to Executive Branch
20 noviembre 2019

On November 14, the Senate passed a bill creating the Institute of Health for Welfare (INSABI) (for its acronym in Spanish). This institute will be responsible for providing health services and medicines to all citizens lacking social security coverage. The initiative replaces the Catastrophic Health Expenditure Fund, which currently covers cancer treatments offered by the public sector, with a new trust fund to be administered by INSABI. The bill was submitted to the Federal Executive for enactment, expected to take place in the next few days.

The law empowers the Ministry of Health to create the National Compendium of Health Inputs, which will include all the medicines that the public sector must guarantee to citizens with no social security. It will also create a public trust, to be administered by INSABI, called the Health Fund for Welfare. It will replace the Catastrophic Health Expenditure Fund and cover the treatment of high-cost diseases such as cancer.

The Morena party bench in the Senate celebrated the passing of the bill, and Senator Ricardo Monreal (Morena — ruling party) declared that this will “extend access to health for the country’s entire population.” The text was sent to the Federal Executive for enactment. The law is expected to enter into force January 1, 2020.