Health reforms would create sole regulator

Friday, August 22, 2003

The regulator for Chile's private healthcare insurers, known as Isapres, will gain extensive powers in the near future if congress passes the government's Plan Auge reform package, local press quoted chief Isapres regulator Manuel Inostroza as saying.

The healthcare reforms would give the Isapre regulator supervisory responsibility not only for private healthcare insurers but also for the state-run health system, which is currently under the health ministry's supervision, Inostroza said.

By becoming Chile's sole health regulator, the agency would ensure all parties comply with the new rules within Plan Auge, he said.

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Inostroza also revealed the Isapre regulatory body and the social security ministry are planning to introduce reforms to combat medical certificate fraud in both the private and public systems.

Local press have focused recently on cases of private doctors selling fraudulent certificates and patients misrepresenting their income status to gain access to free medical attention at public hospitals.