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Almost 12 billion pesos are spent on the IMSS-Wellness Health Plan for the benefit of 20 million Mexicans without social security

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  • The general director of Social Security, Zoé Robledo, indicated that in November the new health model will begin operations in Campeche, Guerrero and Veracruz; in December in Michoacán, Morelos and Oaxaca.
  • He reported the progress of the Health Plan and coverage of medical specialists in Nayarit, Tlaxcala, Colima, Baja California Sur, Sonora, Sinaloa and Campeche.
  • Five strategic axes are being worked on to improve the supply of medicines, among them, calculation of the average monthly consumption, increase in warehouse capacity and reinforcement of the vehicle fleet.

The general director of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), Zoé Robledo, reported that the federal government, through the IMSS-Wellness Health Plan, spends 11 thousand 958 million pesos during this year in rehabilitation of infrastructure, equipment and instruments in the First and Second Level of care, for the benefit of about 20 million Mexicans without social security who live in 12 states.

During the press conference led by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the National Palace, the general director of the IMSS explained that the IMSS-Wellness Health Plan began with Nayarit on April 1 and 619,422 pesos have been invested; Tlaxcala followed on April 18 and 887 thousand 927 pesos were dispersed; and the third state was Colima on May 28, with an exercise of 302 thousand 778 pesos.

Zoé Robledo indicated that Sonora and Baja California Sur began on September 15 and have invested one million 12 thousand 897 pesos and 268 thousand 612 pesos, respectively. In addition, he said that on October 15 it began in Sinaloa, where one million 204 thousand 501 pesos have been dispersed.

He added that the start of the program in Campeche, Guerrero and Veracruz is scheduled for November with investments of 530 thousand 638 pesos, 2 million 636 thousand 715 pesos and 5 million 57 thousand 439 pesos, respectively; in December it will start in Michoacán, Morelos and Oaxaca, with investments of 3 million 156 thousand 722 pesos, one million 170 thousand 627 pesos and 3 million 117 thousand 342 pesos, in that order.

The head of Social Security explained that within the Health Plan at the Second Level of care, 237 hospitals are contemplated, while the Institute in its Ordinary Regime has 250 and IMSS-Wellness 80 medical units. “We may be ending the year with the largest hospital medical care model in the entire sector, but integrated as we have been doing.”

He stressed that with the implementation of IMSS-Well-being, there was a transition from a precarious, manual and inaccurate supply to one with effective control and an automated warehouse through various actions to achieve standardized processes in IMSS-Well-being.

He indicated that the five strategic axes are: calculation of the average monthly consumption of medicines in an efficient manner, increase in the capacity of the warehouses, reinforcement of the vehicle fleet, collaboration with the Biological and Reactive Laboratories of Mexico, SA de CV (Birmex) to ensure the last mile of distribution, and the implementation of an Inventory Management System (SAI).

Zoé Robledo stressed that this strategy allowed the supply of medicines in Nayarit to go from 78 to 99.7 percent; in Tlaxcala, from 81 to 93 percent; Colima from 87 to 97 percent; Baja California Sur from 73 to 99 percent; and Sonora from 60 to 94 percent.

When presenting the general progress of the IMSS-Wellness Health Plan, he reported that in Nayarit there are 1,790 specialist and general physicians, which is equivalent to 97 percent coverage; 924 million pesos have been invested, with 92 percent of the expenditure made.

He said that in Tlaxcala there are 1,154 specialist and general doctors, equivalent to 91 percent coverage; the investment is 458 million pesos and 79 percent of the expenditure has been spent; in Colima there are 641 specialist and general doctors, 82 percent of coverage; the total investment is 398 million pesos, with an advance of 62 percent.

He highlighted that in Baja California Sur there is 59 percent coverage in medical specialists; the total investment is 309 million pesos. In Sonora there is 67 percent coverage in specialist doctors and 822 million pesos for investment.

He pointed out that in Sinaloa there is 46 percent coverage of medical personnel and it is projected to invest 602 million pesos.

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