The democratization of health in
financial innovations for universal coverage
Julio Frenk a, Octavio Gómez-Dantés b & Felicia Marie Knaul c
b. National Institute of Public Health,
c. Mexican Health
Bulletin of the World Health Organization Volume 87, Number 7, July 2009, 485-564
Available online as at: http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/87/7/08-053199/en/index.html
“……In Mexico, important strides have been made in increasing people’s access to comprehensive health care, thanks to a health reform that made health care a legal right, as prescribed by amendment to the Mexican Constitution in 1983. Through the new Seguro Popular, by 2010 high-quality health care will have been extended to everyone in
This paper has provided evidence that the financial innovations linked to the Sistema de Protección Social en Salud are improving insurance coverage, the availability of health infrastructure and basic health inputs, health-service utilization, effective health-care coverage, and the levels of financial protection enjoyed by the Mexican population, especially among the poor.
The benefits offered by the Seguro Popular in public outpatient clinics and general hospitals are very similar to those provided by comparable services in social security agencies. However, there is still a need to extend the coverage of costly interventions, which is still higher at IMSS, ISSSTE and other social security agencies……”
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