Mothers of autistic children protest after clinic disqualification
The protest started at 2 pm and brought together about 20 families, many of whom had placards in their hands to demand action in the face of the situation.
The inadequacy of a clinic, specializing in the care of children with autism, this Friday (10), led to a protest by mothers in front of a health planning office in Vitoria. About 20 families were on site, and plans were made by representatives of the plan to make a deal to prevent the children from receiving adequate treatment.
The decision to withdraw from the plan to serve this public was made by the clinic itself (according to a note published by the organization). The incident, however, occurred the same week that the Superior Court of Justice ruled that health plans did not have to involve treatments and procedures that were not on the National Health Service’s list of services.
One of the organizers of the protest, acupuncturist Priscilla de Brito Reyes, 40, the mother of an autistic teenager, Pietro, 11, explained that families claim that children cannot survive without therapy and treatment. The clinic, run by Unimed Vitória, will only serve children with autism until July 22.
“Our other request is that the health plan that the clinic wants to refer us to has the same quality as the clinic that is currently providing services, does not reduce the level of training, qualifications and duration of therapy.” Priscilla.
Families claim that children cannot be left without therapy and treatment
The families further said that the counseling continued near their homes (those who are in the clinics of Laranjiras and Val Paraiso continue to receive the best treatment and those who are in the clinics around Fatima continue to be treated. Religion).
“Today there are an average of 150 children who are part of the clinic who were disrespected. We want to guarantee that they will continue the same treatment, thus avoiding the impact of skills. For an autistic child, continuity in therapy is crucial.” Today, our biggest fear is how the new clinic We will all be treated the same, “said housewife Fernanda Ferreira Amaral, 34, mother of a 3-year-old child with autism.
Next Tuesday (14), the best is scheduled for a new meeting in the Secretariat of Human Rights, so that an agreement can be established.
“With the inadequacy of this clinic, the children were severely affected, because we know that autistic children need a routine and take time and / or are not able to bond with anyone, thus leading to a significant regression. Unimed does not know which clinic they will go to,” Whether the quality of therapy and care will be the same, whether the new clinic will be near our home and the hours will be the same.
The other end
In a note, Unimed Vitoria made it clear that it had not requested that the aforementioned clinic be disqualified.
“For commercial reasons, the clinic mentioned above, which provides the best care, requested de-accreditation of the operator. The contract with this organization only expires in July of this year, therefore, it remains in force. Being paid. ”
The health plan further states that the care of autistic children, adolescents and adults dependent on ABA therapy is being continuously ensured.
“It is important to emphasize that the National Health Agency’s (ANS) list does not recommend ABA therapy, but Unimed Vitória understands that it is an important method. And it will continue.”
Clínica Felice is an interdisciplinary clinic, where professionals in psychology, psychotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy specialize in ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) which assists most patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD to 01). Years
In a note, the clinic responds that it needs to be followed by specialized professionals and that in most cases the treatment is intensive and intermittent, that is, the child spends a few hours in the clinic and there are no interruptions.
“We are in the process of de-accrediting health plans in general because it is difficult to disclose the number of sessions for standard treatment of children apart from the bureaucracy. It is impossible to maintain agreements. “
He added that he supports and mobilizes parents and the movement to provide ABA therapy to health plan beneficiaries, but explains that “on the other hand, we point out that corrections and alignments with managers and specialists are necessary. At the moment, we are looking for new partnerships, public and / or private, to continue the treatment. “