This week, President López Obrador announced the creation of a new federal health institute that will provide health coverage for those who need it the most. The same week that this news was announced, some problems emerged in the health sector. Resident doctors halted operations to demand payment of their bonuses, a general hospital declared saturation until 2020 and the investigations on corruption of pharmaceutical companies continues.
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President López Obrador announced the creation of the National Health Institute for Well-being, which will offer primary, secondary and tertiary attention to the population without access to social security. This institute will absorb IMSS-Bienestar which previously absorbed Seguro Popular.
Residents went on strike complaining about budget cuts and set a April 12 as the deadline to receive their sexennial bonus. On April 3, the Ministry of Health announced to directors of all specialty hospitals and national health institutes that residents will be discounted MX$3,000 (US$160) from their salary due to austerity measures. A resident in Mexico earns between MX$13,000 (US$693) to MX$17,000 (US$906).
The Ministry of Public Affairs (SFP) opened an investigation against one of the three medicine suppliers favored during Peña Nieto’s administration and vetoed by President López Obrador.
The General Hospital Dr. Manuel Gea González faces a budget cut of 30 percent in operating expenses. The hospital has cancelled 39 temporary staff openings and problems with suppliers have extended the surgery waiting list to January of 2020.
Over 200,000 individuals in Argentina had to resign their prepaid medical coverage due to a repeated increase in fees and the effects of the recession. Companies are losing 22 clients per hour and expect to lose over 2.5 percent of their client base during 2019.
An NGO in Peru announced the beginning of Operation Smile to perform over 110 free surgical interventions for patients with cleft lip and/or cleft palate at the Daniel Alcides Carrión hospital in Callao.
According to the Center for American Progress, each year, healthcare payers and providers in the US spend US$496 billion on billing and insurance-related (BIR) costs. This is twice as much as necessary on BIR costs, according to the National Academy of Medicine.
Industry Analyst and Journalist at Mexico Business Publishing