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Minister of Health Proposes Tax Reform to Fund Colombia’s Health System

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Minister of Health Proposes Tax Reform to Fund Colombia’s Health System

The Minister of Health in Colombia has proposed a tax reform to cover the resources needed in the health system. Guillermo Alfonso Jaramillo directly addressed the representatives of the EPS, stating that the increase in the UPC is insufficient to cover the insurance of all Colombians.

Jaramillo expressed the need for more resources as the population ages and urged for a fair and equitable tax reform where everyone contributes according to their means. He emphasized the importance of forcing businessmen to pay the money they have stopped paying to fund the health system.

However, the proposal has sparked controversy in the country, given the possibility of a second tax reform coming soon from the government of President Gustavo Petro. Critics have raised concerns about a reform without fiscal support and the sustainability of the health system.

Former minister Miguel Uribe and Senator of the Democratic Center, questioned the Minister of Health‘s proposal, stating that the government should focus on preventing the theft and waste of money rather than asking for more taxes.

The debate continues as Colombia grapples with the complex issue of funding its health system and the potential implications of implementing a second tax reform.

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