With the issuance of Law 100 of 1993, Colombia took a new and ambitious path to reach, in a decade, health coverage for all of its citizens. In principle, it was pretended to transform the old national system, characterized by its vertical organization and centralized planning, based on principles of efficiency, universality, solidarity, integrity, unity and involvement. Despite some experts argue that the reform of 1993 was one of the boldest and the Colombian model is one of the best in Latin America, its quality is currently questioned by the Colombian public opinion and the reputation of the Health Promoting Entities (EPS) is at stake.
Even though substantive reforms are required in order to fight against corruption, it is also necessary to undertake a process to restore reputation of the EPS and rebuild trust.
María Esteve, Managing Director at LLORENTE & CUENCA Colombia