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Urgent Care Needed for Local Hospitals

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 11:13

Key to the performance of any healthcare system are its hospitals and clinics, which provide everything from primary attention to end-of-life care, but Mexico’s booming population has surpassed the capabilities of its hospital infrastructure. With 1.5 hospital beds per 1,000 people, the country has the lowest number of hospital beds among OECD countries, which average 4.7. Moreover, hospitals are often clustered at major cities forcing a significant percentage of the population to travel long distances for basic medical attention and even a greater distance to be seen by a specialist. While Mexico’s president-elect has proposed to increase investment in healthcare, others are looking toward telemedicine, smaller and even portable clinics or the use of technology to increase the reach of existing healthcare services.