Undersecretary of State for Health Hugo López-Gatell said that starting Tuesday, all Mexicans will have access to free medical services in federal hospitals, regardless of whether they are insured or not.
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On Monday evening, November 30th, the Undersecretary for Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, announced that starting this Tuesday, December 1, 2020, all Mexicans will have access to medical care in federal hospitals, regardless of whether they are insured or not.
During his daily conference on the COVID-19 pandemic at the National Palace, he stated that the news had already been published in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF) “Insured are Free”.
Press conference of the @Shealth_mx. Update from # COVID-19 in Mexico. Monday, November 30, 2020. https://t.co/KYQbbIKzqY
– Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez (@HLGatell) 1st December 2020
“It is part of an approach taken by President Andrés López Obrador himself before this government began, that our goal is our pursuit of free health services and medicines,” said the official.
In this way, as of this Tuesday, the health services in all federal hospitals that are already available to anyone affiliated with the Mexican Institute for Social Security (IMSS) or the Security Institute for Employees of Private Companies and Social Services by Government Employees (ISSSTE) are free for all government employees are available and paid for with taxes as there are no fees for services.
Before the López-Gatell announcement, the population without social security had to pay a recovery fee to public institutions. The Undersecretary of State stated that after analyzing the elimination of these types of fees, it was found that these payments had little impact on federal hospitals’ recovery.
“It is not a major benefit to the hospital’s finances and why charges are a major disadvantage for the people,” said López Gatell.