Sistema de salud de México

Translated title of the contribution: The health system of Mexico

Octavio Gómez-Dantés, Sergio Sesma, Victor M. Becerril, Felicia M. Knaul, Héctor Arreola, Julio Frenk

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This paper describes the Mexican health system. In part one, the health conditions of the Mexican population are discussed, with emphasis in those emerging diseases that are now the main causes of death, both in men and women: diabetes, ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular diseases and cancer. Part two is devoted to the description of the basic structure of the system: its main institutions, the population coverage, the health benefits of those affiliated to the different heath institutions, its financial sources, the levels of financial protection in health, the availability of physical, material and human resources for health, and the stewardship functions displayed by the Ministry of Health and other actors. This part also discusses the role of citizens in the monitorization and evaluation of the health system, as well as the levels of satisfaction with the rendered health services. In part three the most recent innovations and its impact on the performance of the health system are discussed. Salient among them are the System of Social Protection in Health and the Popular Health Insurance. The paper concludes with a brief analysis of the short- and middle-term challenges faced by the Mexican health system.

Translated title of the contributionThe health system of Mexico
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)S220-S232
JournalSalud publica de Mexico
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Health system
  • Mexico
  • Social security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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