The head of the Liberal Initiative (IL) today considered that anyone who does not want to reform the National Health System (SNS) is contributing to their “internal collapse,” an advocate of opening healthcare provision to the private sector.
We think that anyone who does not want to reform the National Health Service [SNS] “It is he who contributes to his implosion and, in the end, to the insufficient provision of health care to the Portuguese,” said Joao Qutrim Figueiredo, at the end of a visit to the Coimbra Hospital and University Centre.
The morning was devoted to the health district, the liberal, accompanied by the head of the Coimbra district list, Orlando Monteiro da Silva, visited and met with the CHUC administration to learn about their problems and how they dealt with an epidemic. COVID-19.
And at the end of the visit, which was closed to journalists, Joao Qutrim Figueiredo reiterated that he wanted to open the door for the provision of health care to competition, and to preserve the state’s role in financing.
The goal, he added, is to enable people to choose the health care provider that interests them most.
“We want you to go to those who really want to strive for quality of service, and convenience, for just about anything,” he emphasized.
This is what causes service providers to improve their services to compete for what the people prefer, the liberal pointed out.
“You pay the same way you pay today, SNS has a cost, and people won’t get sick because they change their system, so it’s the same diseases, just better treated, without waiting lists and with a different kind of treatment. That favors continuous improvement.”
For Cotrim Figueiredo, hospital units need autonomy to adapt to difficulties, and this includes “simple things” like being able to hire staff and reward the same staff in a different and changing way.
In addition, the head of IL noted that, with autonomy, health units will also have the possibility to conclude program contracts with specific goals for which hospital managers are responsible.
Kotrim Figueiredo emphasized that public-private partnerships (PPPs) show that they spend less money on the state and that they are more satisfied by users.
“So, tell me why you ended up with PPP,” he asked.
From Coimbra, João Cotrim Figueiredo went to Viseu to meet with the president of the Federation of Business and Population Communication.
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