In two years, Mexico will have a new public health system capable of providing free care and medicine to the entire population, said President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
When announcing the Comprehensive Health Plan, he explained that this strategy includes federalizing health services. In a first stage, eight states will be included in the program and over the next six months, another eight states will be included.
By 2012, he says every state in Mexico will be integrated into the Comprehensive Health Plan that will see the entire population covered for health care. The entire program will be 25 billion peso investment.
“It is for all of Mexico that we improve the public health system. We are going to do it gradually to do it well.”
The announcement was made in Mérida, Yucatán where Quintana Roo governor, Carlos Joaquín participated in the signing of the Agreement to Guarantee the Right of Access to Health Services and Free Medicines of the Population without a Social Security program.
The state of Quintana Roo has been chosen as one of the first eight states to be included in the new program.
“Now what we want is to integrate health systems and start giving special attention to the population that do not have social security, to those who are not beneficiaries,” said López Obrador.
The new comprehensive plan, he explained, will guarantee within the Ministry of Health, ISSSTE and IMSS, the right to first level care, hospital and medical emergencies as well as transfers, regardless of whether the persons are rightfully insured or not.
“All this is being done in agreement with the state governments,” he said.
He also said that casual workers of the health system will be gradually regularized as resources allow, to eradication corruption.
“There are those who work for fees, by contract for 20 years. We are going to regularize the situation of these workers little by little according to the availability of resources, but the idea is to improve the health system,” he added.
He pointed out that during the Second National Citizen Consultation, the largest concern of Mexicans was about the health system exceeding their pension program, and that the poorest population do not have affiliation to the social security system, so urgent intervention is needed.
“People want, are demanding that health services be improved (…) We have to resolve this. We cannot talk about human rights if we do not guarantee the right to health,” he said.
The first eight states chosen for the new health care program are Guerrero, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Veracruz, Campeche, Yucatan, Tabasco and Quintana Roo.