The Deputy Mayor and Minister of Health of Salvador, Ana Paula Matos (PDT), revealed this Tuesday (7) that the resources guaranteed by the government of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (PT) for Bahia, through a program to reduce queues for elective surgeries, examinations and specialized consultations in The Unified Health System (SUS), which was launched at the beginning of last month, has not achieved what is required.
“There was a little disappointment with this amount. We were expecting R$500 million, but this amount went to Brazil, not to Bahia. Bahia will receive about R$42 million to share with 417 municipalities and with the joint administration of the Bahia Noticias that the value will not Come as we expected.”
However, according to Ana Paula, the amount reserved for the state is important, as it allows managers to streamline services that have been stifled during the Covid-19 pandemic. One of the advances in federal policy is the increase in the cost of procedures.
“This legislation, this decree, brought the expanded SUS schedule, increasing the value by 100%, which is still not enough and both the municipality and the state will have to complete a little more to perform these surgeries,” explained the head of the Municipal Health Services Secretariat (SMS) .
Given the context of available funds, two structures assisting the health administration in the state, the State Council of Municipal Health Trustees of Bahia (Cosimas Bahia) and the Committee of Bilateral Directors (CIB), have held periodic meetings to deliberate on the division of appointments.
“In this structure we had some meetings, until last week we did some splits,” the interviewee explained. He then added, “Mammoplasty, for example, will be under the responsibility of the country that already has this contract. We will undertake other types of surgeries. It has a very detailed plan of action.”
According to the deputy mayor, one of the steps SMS is taking is dialogue with institutions in Salvador and Bahia, as well as other bodies, such as the mayor’s office, so that solutions can be found.
“If we need international funding, we will seek it. We need to make this city able to serve its citizens,” Mattos said when he said the municipal network has also welcomed patients from other cities. He concluded, “What we’re actually doing is knowing we live in a state, a federation, and we have to support each other.”
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