The Mexican healthcare sector was shaken after the introduction of a bill to replace Seguro Popular with the National Health Institute for Welfare. Meanwhile, pharmaceutical companies received a very short notice to provide quotations for the next tender of innovative medications.  The Federal Superior Auditor informed that less than a fourth of the hospitals and clinics damaged by the 2017 earthquake have been rehabilitated to date. The body also reported the misuse of millions adjudicated to the healthcare sector during 2018.

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The Treasury and the Ministry of Health requested quotations for 292 innovative medications to supply IMSS, ISSSTE, SEDENA, SEMAR and other highly specialized hospitals in 25 states during the second half of 2019.

Morena presented a bill to adjust the structure of the health sector. The reform moves to replace the National Commission for Social Protection in Health operated by Seguro Popular with the new National Health Institute for Welfare. This reform aims to guarantee free services and medicines to the population without social security.

The Federal Superior Auditor (ASF) reported MX$4.8 billion (US$255.3 million) missing due to irregularities during 2018. In most cases, the budget was not used nor verified and in others it was transferred to other bank accounts. The states with the most irregularities were Oaxaca and Chiapas.

ASF informed that out of the 132 hospitals and clinics damaged by the 2017 earthquake, only 28 have been rehabilitated. The body says the Ministry of Health has destined nine contracts, eight work agreements and MX$88.8 million (US$4.6 million) to the rehabilitation of 51 medical units.

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