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Baja California Sur Creates Team to Transition to IMSS-Bienestar

By Rodrigo Andrade | Wed, 07/13/2022 - 11:40

Federal and Baja California Sur authorities are collaborating to transition the state’s health services under the umbrella of the IMSS-Bienestar program. The goal is to guarantee access to health services for those who are not affiliated to the IMSS social security program.

“The objective of the transformation process is to guarantee access to services for people without social security,” said Jorge Alcocer Varela, Minister of Health. 

For a successful commission, Alcocer appointed the Transition Committee for the Implementation and Operation of the IMSS-Bienestar. During the meeting, held in Mexico City, Alcocer explained that the collaboration between the federal and state governments shared the goal of guaranteeing the right to health established in Article 4 of the Constitution.  

IMSS-Bienestar is a federal program that seeks to offer healthcare to those who not affiliated to the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), the Institute of Security and Social Services for State Workers (ISSSTE), PEMEX, the Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA), Ministry of the Navy (SEMAR) or any other state health system. As part of his efforts to expand health coverage, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador committed to “rescue” 200 unfinished hospitals by the end of his administration, reported by MBN. These hospitals would be managed by IMSS-Bienestar. 

“We have to change the central axis of our actions towards the community and put the family at the center of many of these preventive actions; hence the importance of federalization,” said Alcocer.

The joint efforts between federal and state authorities will allow all Baja California Sur’s inhabitants who do not have social security to access quality medical attention and free medicine, said Víctor Castro Cosío, Governor of Baja California Sur. He added that the alliance would also refurbish all medical units, a general hospital and clinics in Mulege, Loreto, La Paz and San José Salvatierra, with an initial budget of MX$100 million (US$4.82 million).

The refurbished hospitals will provide “first level” healthcare. “There is no basic list, [there will be] no saying that we do not have this medicine because it costs too much. We must guarantee that whoever gets sick can be admitted to a hospital even if he or she does not have money,” said López Obrador.

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Rodrigo Andrade Rodrigo Andrade Junior Journalist & Industry Analyst