Cost of Canceling Aqueduct/Private Hospitals AccusedBy Sofía Hanna | Wed, 09/29/2021 - 12:28
AMLO on tour. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that he will begin a tour of Morelos, Puebla, Veracruz and Hidalgo. The objective of his tour will be to review the support plan for victims of the recent hurricanes in the country. He will also tour Tlahuac and Iztapalapa, in Mexico City, for the inauguration of Banks of Well-being.
PROFECO accuses private hospitals. The Federal Consumer Prosecutor’s Office (PROFECO) revealed which insurers offering policies for major medical expenses and private hospitals have the most complaints against them. Among insurers, Metlife, Quálitas and Grupo Nacional Provincial stand out. The hospitals included Star Médica, Angeles Hospitals, South Medical Hospitals and University Hospital Center, as well as Northeast Medical Center. The insurer with the most complaints was Grupo Nacional Provincial, with 2,769 insured and 12.9 percent of complaints. Metlife de México, with 2,692 insured, had 12.6 percent of complaints. Quálitas Compañía de Seguros, with 1,742 policyholders, registered 8.1 percent of complaints. AXA Seguros, with 1,304 insured, had 6.1 percent of the complaints. Seguros Banorte, with 1,568 insured, had 7.3 percent of the complaints. López Obrador said that formal complaints have lasted for two and a half years. Fifteen formal complaints are ongoing against Angeles Hospitals, Star Médica has 13 and Centro Médico has five.
Patria vaccine. López Obrador reported that the Patria COVID vaccine is moving to the second phase of research. He said that the previous phase had registered “good results.” “Progress is being made in the investigation of the Patria vaccine. It is already in the second phase of the research process. There are good results from the first stage,” López Obrador said.
Aqueduct in Sonora. After a petition to cancel the Independencia aqueduct in Sonora, López Obrador said that it would be costly to do so. “An aqueduct to Hermosillo was built by the previous government, which generated opposition from the towns. We believe that with this decision we are taking, delivering enough water to the towns, this situation can be resolved because canceling the aqueduct now would be problematic for us. There is already an investment,” said López Obrador. The president added that the cancellation of the aqueduct would be analyzed calmly, because “it is not a matter of yes or no.”
New multiparty group. Five legislators from different parties are forming a new bench in the Senate. Given this, López Obrador said that the legislators who are trying to create the Plural Parliamentary Group in the Senate are free to do so. However, they must know that if they decide not to support the reforms proposed by the Executive and vote against them, there would be consequences. “I think that they are free and that each one has to act according to their conscience and give them space for expression, guarantee the right to disagree, we will continue to promote the transformation of Mexico,” he said. López Obrador insisted that, even if the Senate determines that the creation of the group is legitimate, the legislators have to represent the interests of the people, so they should not oppose his upcoming reforms to the Electricity Industry Law.
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