One of the paradoxes of the quarantine crisis is that it is hitting the places that should be best: private health clinics.
Yesterday, it was learned that the Favaloro Foundation will close two service centers: the Arenales and Pilar offices and will concentrate all activity in the central building on Belgrano Avenue.
In the first case, according to Ámbito, it will stop working at the end of this month, while the center located in the northern area of the suburbs will do so at the end of June.
The measure affects about 50 employees (25 per establishment) who will be relocated to the headquarters.
In cases where there are personnel who do not accept this proposal due to distance issues, such as those who work in Pilar, the form of an agreement between the parties will be negotiated.
This is because the layoff ban is in force (renewed on Monday by the national government).
Added to this is the impact it will have on employees of companies that offered outsourced work.
According to what is published, in the Favaloro emergency consultations fell 74% compared to last year. A similar number was in the case of general surgeries.
The occupation of beds in general hospitalization and critical areas decreased 28% and 29%.
The Favaloro Foundation is a non-profit institution that depends exclusively on income from its services.
The offices in Arenales and Pilar were rented and, due to the drop in income, the authorities had to choose to continue paying these locations or to keep working sources.
The situation is not new. Especially in Córdoba. Because, overnight, on March 19, patients disappeared from consultations, medical practices were minimized, and treatments were left unfinished for fear of contracting Covid-19.
To make matters worse, many health centers “cleaned” their hospitalizations to receive infected with coronavirus that, fortunately from the health point of view, never came.
But that caused an economic impact that must now be faced. The panorama extends to independent doctors and health professionals, that is, those who are not employees of health establishments, work with single-tax and in some cases rent clinics.
The fall in the demand for health is crossed by a sharp adjustment in the fixed costs of the activity. The so-called hospital supplies doubled or tripled their value since the outbreak of the pandemic.
The best known are the chinstraps and gloves, but everything went up in price for an elevator.
The crisis in Córdoba and in the rest of the country is monitored daily through teleconferences of the Association of Clinics, Sanatoriums and Private Hospitals (Adecra) that works together with Cedim, an entity that brings together diagnostic and treatment companies.
The Argentine Health Union (UAS) congregates all of them.
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