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Strengthening Healthcare in Tamaulipas

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Sofía Garduño By Sofía Garduño | Journalist & Industry Analyst - Fri, 06/02/2023 - 09:03

Upon concluding the evaluation of the IMSS-Bienestar Health Plan in Tamaulipas, Jorge Alcocer Varela, Mexico’s Ministry of Health, has highlighted the importance of the federalization process as a key strategy to strengthen healthcare throughout the country.

The 43 municipalities of Tamaulipas incorporate 381 medical units, including 354 at the primary level, 24 at the secondary level and three at the tertiary level. Individuals without social security living in the state will have access to the healthcare scheme provided by IMSS-Bienestar. 

Minister Alcocer highlighted the importance of having qualified personnel as one of the crucial elements for the success of this process. Significant progress is being made in hiring to address this need, aiming to ensure the presence of skilled professionals in the medical units, as reported by Mexico’s Ministry of Health. 

Governor of Tamaulipas Américo Villarreal Anaya says that the federalization of healthcare in this region has an immediate beneficial effect, as the transfer of infrastructure from health centers and hospitals to IMSS-Bienestar ensures accessibility and quality for the people. “Today, Tamaulipas joins with full determination this historic transformation, which represents the deepest and most significant change that has taken place in Mexico in terms of healthcare,” tweeted Villareal. 

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 Article 4 of the Constitution, as reported by MBN. Through this collaboration, health services will be federalized and are expected to be better suited to assist vulnerable groups, such as indigenous communities.

Recently, the General Health Law reform proposed by Congressman Emmanuel Reyes Carmona from MORENA, was approved by the Mexican Chamber of Deputies. This amendment will result in the elimination of the Institute of Health for Well-being (INSABI) and the transfer of its responsibilities to IMSS-Bienestar, as reported by MBN

The reform aims to ensure people's right to health through the provision of quality healthcare services, which will be supported by actions with multi sectoral policies, according to the initiative proposed by Reyes. The elimination of INSABI and the transfer of its functions to IMSS-Bienestar is expected to streamline the delivery of healthcare services and improve their quality. 

However, leaders in the health industry say that this transformation may be an attempt to sidestep accountability for previous health-related mistakes made by the current administration. “Today, what they decide to do is to acknowledge failure because by getting rid of the system they created, they recognize that it failed. However, instead of accepting, studying and analyzing the mistakes, what they are doing is transferring those same flaws to another institution, the IMSS-Bienestar,” says Salomón Chertorivski, Former Minister of Health.

“The budget is dwindling as public financing has been significantly reduced by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, PVEM and PT. This trend will further contribute to SS-IMSS-Bienestar’s disintegration, as it will have as little funding as INSABI had. Consequently, the population will continue to suffer from the same issues and endure a lack of quality medical care,” Éctor Jaime Ramírez-Barba, PAN, Federal Representative of the LXV Legislature 2021-2024, tells MBN

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