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Thursday, May 19, 2011

NEWS - Mexico will beat US in healthcare

The Secretary of Health, José Ángel Córdova, said Tuesday that Mexico will achieve universal health coverage before the United States because the government of President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa has made a commitment to the population to achieve it before the end of 2011.

“We are pretty close to making universal health coverage a reality in Mexico. By the end of this year, 29 or 30 states in the country will be covered by this program,” he said.

On the occasion of the Sixty-third World Health Assembly (WHA) being held in Geneva, Switzerland, Córdova said that one of the breakthroughs Mexico has experienced in the past few years regarding health matters is the treatment of cancer in children below the age of 18. He noted that beforehand, 7 out of 10 children would die from the disease. “However, we have turned the table. Now, 7 out of 10 children with cancer survive,” he added.

Córdova pointed out that Mexico has also had other breakthroughs in health matters. He said that the federal government has implemented a tobacco-control policy, which consists of printing shocking images of tobacco-related diseases on cigarette packs to discourage people from smoking.

“We have also implemented other policies to counter the overweight and obesity problems in the country. The federal government created the ‘National Agreement for Food Health’ and the ‘5 Steps for Your Health program,’” Córdova noted. “We also created the “National Chronic Diseases Council,” which deals with several severe diseases that affect the Mexican population.
Source: The News