IMSS continues in a delicate situation. However, the actions undertaken by the current federal administration guarantee the conditions for talking about health in the country and change the «financial vision» that took care of the pesos and cents to the detriment of the services, said Zoé Robledo, CEO Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS).
«There were indicators that seemed to improve, but this was never sustainable because it was done at the expense of the precariousness of services,» said the head of the institution, during the 110th IMSS Ordinary General Assembly, headed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Robledo warned that in order to improve the quality of services, the staff deficit needs to be corrected, so the 2020 budget — 13 billion pesos — includes the hiring of 10, 794 places, of which 5,196 will boost the new full-time hospitals to use the current infrastructure at full capacity.
The institute currently has 58.9 million rightholders, in addition to 12.3 million more served by IMSS Welfare. The federal government’s health strategy envisages investing in 36 family medicine units from 521,000 annual consultations to 898,000. Budgets will also be allocated for 37 surgical hospitals with the aim of going from 19 thousand procedures to 64 thousand. «Without leaving hospitals like white elephants in black work,» Robledo promised.
After the president visited 80 rural hospitals, along with his health cabinet, it was determined that 243 actions will be carried out aimed at expanding coverage of specialties, «basification» of a thousand 39 places, construction of 23 shelters and replacement of two hospitals, among others.
Prior to the message of the President and the Director General of IMSS, a commemorative plaque was issued to the 110th Ordinary General Assembly and the awarding of recognitions to the institutional trajectory of Rubén Agéero Sánchez, who held the first transplantation in Mexico, and Javier de Jesús Cabral Soto, a leading physician at IMSS-Welfare.
For its results and performance, as well as for the level of satisfaction achieved in the services provided to the rightholders, the «IMSS Competitiveness» award was awarded to the Hospital of Cardiology No. 34 of the Northwest National Medical Center, the Hospital Ixtepec, 35-Sevilla Nursery in Mexico City and the Aguascalientes Norte Subdepartiation.
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