The Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Colombia announced that Venezuelan migrants who have the Temporary Protection Permit (PPT) will be able to join the General System of Social Security in Health (Sgsss) in the authorized Health Promoting Entity (EPS) of their choice.
María Andrea Godoy Casadiego, Deputy Minister of Social Protection reported that it should be taken into account that if the individual has a formal job or is an independent worker with the ability to pay, they must join the Contributory Scheme where they will contribute to the healthcare system according to their income, this will allow enrolling the beneficiaries, such as children or spouse, at no additional cost.
If you do not have the ability to pay, you can join the Subsidized Regime. Once affiliated, you have four months to carry out the Sisbén survey (https://www.sisben.gov.co), for which you must approach the mayor’s office of ÿour place of residence. Likewise, to continue affiliated, you must prove your remain in the country, updating the address information every four months before the Territorial Entity where you reside,” she added.
Being affiliated with an EPS allows the person and their family to enjoy the benefits established by the Colombian government such as appointments with a general or specialized doctor, dentistry, promotion and prevention programs and prenatal controls, among others.
In addition, it guarantees the payment of economic benefits for members of the contributory regime (maternity or paternity leave and disabilities due to general illness).
If the person joins the contributory regime, they can contract voluntary health plans (prepaid medicine, complementary plans or healthcare policies).
Ms. Godoy assured that if the person has a Special Permit to Stay and is not affiliated to social security, the Secretary of Health of the Territorial Entity where he resides should be addressed and advance his affiliation process to an EPS.
Currently there are more than 383,488 Venezuelan migrants with PEP (200,097 contributory and 183,391 subsidized), which according to Resolution 971 of 2021, will be automatically extended until February 28th, 2023, which will allow them to continue with their affiliation to the healthcare system.