Minimum nursing salary doesn't justify readjusting health plans, says Corinne |  the time

Minimum nursing salary doesn’t justify readjusting health plans, says Corinne | the time

maybe 12% mod In the monthly fee for health funds, according to Apply the new salary limit For nurses, technicians and assistants, it is criticized by the Regional Nursing Council of Minas Gerais (Coren-MG). In an interview with the timeMaria do Socorro Pacheco Pena, acting head of the agency, stated that it was wrong to link the increase in the salaries of professionals to the new amounts received by the operators.

The adjustment estimate was made by the National Federation of Health (CNSaúde) last week. The entity justifies that penalizing the floor will increase the costs of families needing home care – the so-called home care – and may render these services unfeasible. CNSaúde also points out the difficulties that charitable hospitals have in keeping their doors open.. “When did health plans stop increasing and having offensive values? So far they have put society at a disadvantage with the tax role,” argues Maria do Socorro.

On August 4, President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) approved the draft which set the salary for nurses at R$4,750, R$3,325 for nursing technicians and R$2,375 for assistants and midwives. According to Corinne’s acting chief, the claim that the minimum salary will affect home care fades with complaints that Corinne is investigating that even before the minimum nursing salary is penalized, plans are offering substandard quality.

“We are in the process of inspecting this home care. What we can already say is that there are many irregularities. And I am not saying that the plan, in its top management, does. But the plan, in its top management, does not pass enough for the home care professional to act With dignity. There are a number of distractions,” Corinne’s chief criticizes.

For her, approval of the minimum salary is a landmark achievement for the 34-year-old being used as an excuse by health plan operators to promote readjustments. “It couldn’t have been easier to say ‘Look, I need to increase the plan price because I want to improve coverage,’ and not use the floor as justification,” Maria said, remembering that the board doesn’t step in or ask plans for rate adjustment decisions.

Plans should begin to see what will happen to them. Because today, if you go looking for help, you will see many complaints. Corinne rejects any claim by the HMO that its increases relate to minimum wages for nurses, who have always earned as little as possible. It is the most explored profession in Brazil,” concludes Maria.


Discussions about readjusting plans aside, Corinne’s assessment is that the new minimum salary penalty will bring more quality of life for nursing professionals. “Can you imagine a nursing technician being paid less than the minimum wage? Does a graduate nurse earn R$1,200? We had institutions that already paid more than the minimum wage, but the vast majority paid less than what is acceptable for a team with a huge responsibility,” comments Maria Do Socorro.

Corinne’s acting chief recalls that due to lower salaries, professionals are split between jobs in two hospitals, to increase income. Maria ensures that the situation is directly related to the illness of professionals. “There are two or three jobs for a decent life, but for the sake of it, professionals give up monitoring the development of the child, accompanying elderly parents,” celebrates the council director.

Korine’s understanding is that with minimum salary compliance by hospitals and other organizations that employ nursing professionals, the need to work in more than one location decreases. The board is ready to talk and help with the dialogue. Our request is that employers feel their employees because the law must be adhered to, but dialogue is important so that compliance with the law is in harmony between employers, employees, the union and the board,” he instructs.

According to Maria do Socorro, the class is still awaiting a vote and approval of an amendment, by Federal Representative Carmen Zanotto (Citizenship-SC), which is identifying funding sources for the nursing salary. Estimates made by parliamentarians, while the project was going through Congress, indicate an impact of R$16 billion with additional amounts to be paid to nursing professionals.

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