Health Insurance in Mexico: Achieving Universal Coverage Through Structural Reform

Health Affairs, Vol. 24, No. 6, pp. 1467-1476, 2005

11 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2012

See all articles by Felicia Knaul

Felicia Knaul

Mexican Health Foundation; Harvard Global Equity Initiative

Julio Frenk

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

Fairness in finance is an intrinsic and challenging goal of health systems. Mexico recently devised a structural reform that responds to this challenge. Through a new system of social protection in health that will offer public insurance to all citizens, the reform is expected to reduce catastrophic and out-of-pocket spending while promoting efficiency, more equitable resource distribution, and better-quality care. This paper analyzes the reform, focusing on financial features, expected benefits, and future challenges. It also highlights aspects of relevance for other countries that are striving to formulate and implement health policies to promote universal social protection and fair financing.

Keywords: Health Insurance In Mexico, health systems, financial protection, social protection in health

Suggested Citation

Knaul, Felicia and Frenk, Julio, Health Insurance in Mexico: Achieving Universal Coverage Through Structural Reform (2005). Health Affairs, Vol. 24, No. 6, pp. 1467-1476, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2048688

Felicia Knaul (Contact Author)

Mexican Health Foundation ( email )

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Harvard Global Equity Initiative ( email )

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Julio Frenk

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ( email )

P.O. Box 23350
Seattle, WA 98102
United States

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