The PS defended that the executive, led by António Costa, achieved a reduction of 40 million euros in payments in the moderating rates, since 2015, and guaranteed that it intends to continue reducing this amount.
In the parliamentary debate on the end of the rate of health care at the health centers promoted by the Left Bloc, Socialist MP Jamila Madeira considers that the way of reducing taxes is already being done.
"Throughout the management of the executive, this measure has progressed and resulted in a reduction of around 40 million in moderation rates between 2015 and today," he said, either by reducing the value of fees or by extending the exemption from the payment of fees.
Jamila Madeira indicated that the rates charged represent 2% of the budget of the National Health Service: "We want it to continue reducing this amount and we have already reduced by 40 million euros from 2015."
The PS also reminded the Left Bloc that it had already proposed, in the context of the discussion of the new Health Bases Law, a measure to end the rates in primary health care.
However, for the Left Block, the PS proposal referred to subsequent legislation to implement this measure. The bloc deputy Moisés Ferreira considers that the Block is now precisely presenting a bill that concretizes this measure.
The parliamentary plenary is today debating the bill of the Left Bloc to end fees in health centers and in consultations or exams prescribed by National Health Service (NHS) professionals.
The BE intends that "there should be no more moderating fees for primary health care and for all consultations and health care services that are prescribed by a health professional whose origin is the NHS."
"We need to have a more targeted policy for disease prevention and health promotion, access to primary health care and family doctor care. In order to give priority to this policy, there should not be any type of barrier to access primary health care, "said Deputy Moisés Ferreira, in statements to the Lusa agency before the start of the debate.
The deputy also understands that it makes no sense to charge fees for consultations and other health benefits that are prescribed by NHS professionals, considering that these rates turn out to be "cloaked co-pay".
The goal of the bloquistas is the end of the moderating rates and the gratuitous access to the care and consider that this is "a step in that direction".
Thus, in the text that will be discussed and voted today in the parliamentary plenary, the Block proposes to "waive the levying of fees" for care, consultation and other health care services in primary health care, as well as "consultations, acts and other health benefits, if the reference source for these is the National Health Service. "
In the explanatory memorandum of the bill, the bloc recalls that, after negotiations with the Government, proposals were made to end the moderating fees in the two situations in the discussion of the new Basic Health Law.
"Another objective is to ensure that this matter around the rates of moderation is already approved in this legislature. This is a matter that has been debated in the framework of a new Basic Law and it came to be included in the agreement that the PS later did not comply and came to be included in the debate in the specialty, "says Moisés Ferreira.
The deputy recalled that the PS even had a proposal "with a similar wording" to that of the Block, but that it referred to its effectiveness for later legislation.