Seville, Jul 31 (EFE) .- The Facua-Consumidores en Acción has addressed the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Alberto Garzón, and the Second Vice President of the Government, Pablo Iglesias, to request the urgent reduction of the Maximum mask prices and their free cost for vulnerable consumers.
The association understands that, given their compulsory use, they should have prices close to the cost of production, affordable for users and free for economically disadvantaged consumers.
It affirms in a statement that the compulsory use in almost all communities is assuming that consumers face the periodic acquisition of these protection elements, which is representing an increase in daily expenses.
La Facua calculates that, in the case of surgical masks, a family of four members who use one a day should spend more than 100 euros a month.
It considers that, although the maximum retail price of 96 cents could be acceptable in times of lack of supply, at the present time, when “this problem no longer exists, its price should decrease so that they are truly affordable” for the users.
Remember that in April the Government indicated in a document that the cost of surgical masks could be 16 cents a unit, however, it indicates that this price may be an upward estimate, since it has learned that some manufacturers, “before the Covid-19 pandemic, they were selling this product to suppliers for 3 cents each unit including taxes. “
For this reason, he believes that the maximum retail price should approach production costs and set one well below 96 cents in the case of disposable surgical masks, in addition to establishing their free cost for economically vulnerable consumers.
It also demands the Government to set a maximum price for the sale of hygienic masks to the public, as agreed in April, the Facua states, stressing that no resolution has yet been published to fix the price of these masks. EFE
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