Guanajuato will not be part of the IMSS-Bienestar program and will continue to manage its own healthcare system, said the state’s Minister of Health. Currently, only Nayarit, Colima and Tlaxcala have signed the agreement on the federalization of healthcare services.
In Guanajuato, more than half of the inhabitants are under the umbrella of the entity’s health system, which also exchanges services to provide attention to patients from other institutions, said Daniel Díaz, Guanajuato's Minister of Health. The state is able to offer medical services to its 46 municipalities amid the punctual arrival of federal resources, said Díaz. Medicines, medical attention, equipment and maintenance are guaranteed in the state, he added.
Guanajuato has no problems with drug supply, lack of medical units or human resources, according to the state’s government, which added that the state’s Ministry of Health has been the most transparent for three consecutive years.
The federal government expects that all entities will operate within the IMSS-Bienestar program by 2040 but Guanajuato’s government is confident of its capability to maintain the state’s healthcare system on its own. “We had a great response during the pandemic and met all needs. Each time we become better,” said Díaz. Guanajuato’s Minister of Governance Adán Augusto said that the state is not obligated to join IMSS-Bienestar because it is operating correctly.
In April, the IMSS-Bienestar Program will kick off in Nayarit, which lacks financial, medical and human resources. Although the adherence to the program continues to be voluntary, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador made his posture clear: “As the federalization takes place, we will start to notice those who are not going to participate. I am sure that the citizens of those states will demand answers on who is selling the drugs, who are they buying the equipment from. Transparency is a golden rule of democracy,” he said.
Apart from offering health services to those who are not affiliated to other public institutions, such as IMSS, ISSSTE or ISSFAM, the IMSS-Bienestar program aims to benefit Mexican science. “The IMSS-Bienestar program will offer the conditions to boost the development of programs that support science in favor of communities,” said Jorge Alcocer, Ministry of Health. The program will benefit everyone in the healthcare system by erasing its geographical limitations, he said.
IMSS must expand to benefit Mexican science and promote its practice among professionals, Alcocer said. IMSS recently approved 20 new members into its Directive Council, which will be composed of researchers, officers and entrepreneurs. “We are all in charge of building Mexico and I am strongly committed to collaborating from every possible trench,” said Ninfa Salinas, President, Fundación Azteca, and member of the Directive Council.