Mexico’s new National Health Plan calls for expansion of free healthcare

As part of the National Health Plan 2019-2024, the Secretary of Health, Jorge Alcocer Varela, announced that he will implement a policy of free services and medicines for the population without social security and that he will start in centers and clinics in the states with the greatest poverty.

He argued that the objective is to implement the fourth constitutional article and serve the 20 million Mexicans who are without access to healthcare.

He acknowledged that health protection is still an aspiration that is far from being met, hence the existence of abandoned facilities, overload of services, lack of personnel, medicines and basic supplies, long waiting times and dehumanized attention.

“Health access will increase gradually and all people affiliated with Seguro Popular will continue to receive the benefits of this insurance scheme,” he said.

When meeting with members of the Health Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, the official presented the central points of what will be the National Health Plan 2019-2024.

In a statement, it was reported that Jorge Alcocer assured that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador considered it important to federalize state health systems as a strategy, in addition to implementing the Primary Healthcare Integral Healthcare model, reorganizing sanitary regularization, strengthening the industry national pharmaceutical and innovative research.

Before the president of the Health Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, Miroslava Sánchez Galván, as well as the deputies Éctor Jaime Ramírez Barba and Marisela Gómez, among other legislators, the Secretary of State assured that the actions undertaken seek to make equitable access to Health services.

He stressed that in the short term they will seek an adequate supply of medicines and maintain infrastructures such as hospitals and health centers, and then plan and organize growth.

Accompanied by the subsecretary of Integration and Development of the Health Sector, Asa Cristina Laurell, and the Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez, the official guaranteed that they will maintain the federal obligation to transfer the proportional part of the budget to the States in this area.