Sonora Joins IMSS-Bienestar Program
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Sonora Joins IMSS-Bienestar Program

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Sofía Garduño By Sofía Garduño | Journalist & Industry Analyst - Tue, 05/24/2022 - 10:27

On May 20, 2022, IMSS and the Sonora state government signed an agreement to settle the state’s incorporation into the IMSS-Bienestar program. The agreement was signed by Sonora Governor Alfonso Durazo and IMSS Director General Zoé Robledo during a presidential conference in Sonora.


“We signed an agreement with IMSS to formally transfer our health services to offer an interinstitutional attention in collaboration with the federal government. This health plan for wellness will benefit those who do not have social security,” said Durazo.


IMSS-Bienestar aims to offer social security to those who are not affiliated to other public institutions, such as IMSS, ISSSTE or ISSFAM. The move is part of a larger effort to bring access to health services to the majority of the Mexican population to guarantee the country’s right to healthcare stated in the reform to Art. 4 of the Constitution, as reported by MBN. Through this collaboration, health services will be federalized and will be better suited to assist vulnerable groups, such as indigenous communities.


Before considering the implementation of the program in Sonora, a census was conducted to evaluate the state of medical devices, human, financial and material resources and maintenance at medical clinics. The census identified a deficit of 787 general doctors, 502 specialists, 2,751 nursery workers and 96 paramedics. A lack of medical facilities and medical devices was also pointed out. To improve Sonora’s health system, an investment of MX$1.28 billion (US$643 million) in personnel, MX$731 million (US$367 million) in medical equipment and MX$206 million (US$103 million) in infrastructure is necessary, according to Robledo.


Sonora’s government has already concluded the first stage of the renovation of its health infrastructure. Through INSABI, Sonora has renovated 100 health facilities in rural regions and 50 more have already being approved. “No other government had paid attention to those facilities that were in severe deterioration. With the new agreement, INSABI reinforced its commitment to continue supporting us until we conclude the rehabilitation of 376 health facilities,” added Durazo.


Both parties are also committed to the construction of hospitals in Navojoa, Guaymas and San Luís Río Colorado. This project will represent an investment of over MX$4.5 billion (US$226 million). Meanwhile, two more clinics will be constructed in Ciudad Obregon. Additionally,, IMSS has pledged MX$2.1 billion (US$105 million) to Sonora’s health system.


The agreement also stipulates the creation of the IMSS’s University Hospital, which will train doctors in different specialties, mainly from Sonora’s University. This hospital will have the capacity to train around 100 doctors per specialty. Moreover, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador instructed the state to start operations of the upcoming General Hospital by Sept. 15, 2022.   

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