The Mexican Confederation of Industrial Chambers (CONCAMIN) asked the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) to consider the private sector for the construction of clinics. CONCAMIN considers this could help the institute in its goal to guarantee access to health services for Mexicans.
According to José Abugaber, President, CONCAMIN, the private sector could build the required IMSS clinics, since affiliated companies have the capacity and experience to carry out such projects. Abugaber said private participation is fundamental to addressing the current lag in patients' attention. In Mexico, there are only 0.67 beds for every 1,000 people, which is far from other Latin American countries' 2.1 beds for every 1,000 people.
Abugaber said cooperation between the private sector and the government is fundamental for the population’s well-being. In the case of hospitals, the government needs to build them quickly and with the highest quality materials. He added that the construction industry is always looking for projects that benefit the population.
Abugaber proposed the formation of citizen committees managed by IMSS to track the projects’ progress and the transparency of resources. He said that this model has proven to be successful since it was implemented in the construction of the Ciudad Juarez Regional Hospital in Chihuahua. He said that this model could be replicated in hospital construction projects all over the country, like in the construction of the San Alejandro and Zaragoza hospitals in Puebla and Mexico City, respectively.
CONCAMIN’s president urged IMSS to consider private participation for the construction of its medical units, arguing that construction is one of the sectors that create more jobs. Abugaber said that the construction industry creates over 1.8 million direct jobs, which represents over 8 percent of IMSS affiliates. Furthermore, he highlighted that last year, the industry saw great recovery in job creation with 5.9 percent growth, one of the largest rates among industries.
While job creation seems to be recovering, the industry does not show positive results overall. According to Ricardo Trejo, Director General, Forecastim, the construction sector’s GDP is 10 percent below the levels registered in 2019 and added that the downturn trend is expected to continue with a stable 2022 and negative growth in 2023. He said that the sector is expected to reach pre-pandemic levels until 2024 or 2025.