The President of the Republic, Gustavo Petro Urrego, made a brief comment regarding the SOAT on his social network account X, after the Minister of Health, Guillermo Alfonso Jaramillo, criticized this insurance in a press conference.
During this press conference, the head of the portfolio assured that the national government perceived this mechanism with distrust.
The head of the health portfolio, during his press conference on October 4, mentioned that ““Compulsory Traffic Accident Insurance, SOAT, should not exist”Furthermore, in his speech he went further and proposed ending it. Given this, the President of the Republic, Gustavo Petro Urrego, used his social networks to briefly comment on the subject.
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And it is that, The president published a comment on his X account in which he reacted precisely to his minister’s words in a news story.. In his brief comment, the president said: “SOAT has become an instrument for criminally capturing health money.”
Given this, it is important to remember that Mandatory Traffic Accident Insurance (SOAT) is a policy that protects pedestrians, drivers or passengers in case of physical harm. This insurance is responsible for covering medical and transportation expenses, permanent disability and compensation for death and funeral services.
In this sense, regarding the criticism that the national government has made of SOAT, The Minister of Health mentioned that, sometimes, people want to pick up this insurance, but they have not had an accident. and that there is a war between ambulances to pick up victims, but with other types of emergencies they do not appear.
“We know that when there is an accident, the ambulances fight and they all arrive, but when there is a heart attack they do not appear. There is a war to pick up the victim or sometimes they enter through the SOAT people who have never had a traffic accident,” said the head of the health portfolio.
Regarding the president of the Republic, Although he has not made further mention of the issue in his X account or through other official channels, it should be mentioned that his Government has carried out actions that directly affect the SOAT. An example of this is when a resolution was signed in 2022 in which small motorcycles and other types of vehicles were given a 50% discount on payment.
The issue has caused all kinds of reactions in different political personalities, in fact, Rep. Catherine Juvinao He said: “the level of improvisation of this Government is alarming. Since the invention of lowering the Soat did not work for them, and before it opened a hole of 800,000 million in health money, now they are trying to ‘unravel’ it, excusing corruption to improvise again. God”.
He Radical Change party, who actively expresses his opposition on his social networks, published on his which did not serve to reduce evasion. And that is the excuse to end it.”
For his part, the minister of health, before the debate opened, explained that the health system must be universalin this way all users can have access to medical care in the event that a traffic accident occurs.
“Soat should not exist, that should be within the health system, if one has an accident and we are all within a system, we should be cared for,” said Minister Guillermo Alfonso Jaramillo.