Colombian President Gustavo Petro Takes Control of EPS Sanitas to Advance Healthcare Reform Amid Protests and Resistance

Petro Takes Action Against Colombian Insurer Amid Delay in Health Reform

President Gustavo Petro’s government in Colombia has announced plans to assert control over one of the country’s largest private insurers, EPS Sanitas. This move comes as Petro’s efforts to reform the health system face challenges in Congress. The health superintendent made the intervention in EPS Sanitas official, which serves 5.7 million users and is part of the health group Keralty SAS.

President Petro sees intervening in EPS Sanitas as a tactical escalation in his fight to transform Colombia’s conservative economic model. The leftist leader and his officials, including Health Minister Guillermo Alonso Jaramillo, have been vocal about their concerns regarding certain insurance companies.

In response to the proposed reforms, private health insurance workers in Bogota staged protests on November 27, 2023. Amidst the pushback from lawmakers and institutions, President Petro’s government remains committed to making significant changes to the health system. By intervening in EPS Sanitas, they aim to further their efforts to overhaul the country’s healthcare infrastructure.

President Gustavo Petro’s government in Colombia has announced plans to assert control over one of the country’s largest private insurers, EPS Sanitas. This move comes as Petro’s efforts to reform the health system face challenges in Congress. The health superintendent made the intervention in EPS Sanitas official, which serves 5.7 million users and is part…

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