Mexico faces major challenges in accessing health due to the underinvestment in this area over the past 30 years.
While most OECD member countries invest an average of 9 percent of gross domestic product, Mexico has allocated 6 percent in the past.
“This difference is a problem because it has a significant impact on Mexican spending,” said Héctor Valle Mesto, executive president of FUNSALUD.
The health expenditure of Mexicans is 41 percent, in the rest of Latin America 28 percent.
COVID-19, an accelerator in access to health issues
To reduce expenses, comprehensive health systems must be put in place that guide the population into preventive behaviors that minimize the catastrophic costs caused by the complication of disease.
In 2020, serious illnesses like diabetes or cancer that could be prevented with reasonable care were among the most expensive, with an average price of 200,000 pesos.
With the aim of helping more Mexicans reduce this spending through primary care, since February the Consorcio Mexicano de Hospitales has helped expand the scope of the AXA Keralty Alliance’s health services in 43 cities across the country by adding the infrastructure of its 45 hospitals.
This agreement with the insurer AXA gives Mexicans access to high quality medical services such as unlimited general medicine consultations, specialties and studies, depending on the chosen modality.
The product developed by this alliance offers unlimited advice for 2,799 pesos to attract customers in the private health insurance market.
Initial contact has been neglected by the private sector, so it’s time to connect, said Alejandro Pérez Galindo, CEO of Axa Keralty.
This service has provided medical care to more than 70,000 patients in its medical attention centers and conducted around 42,000 video consultations since August 2019.
Some of the cities where AXA Keralty users can access this comprehensive private healthcare system are Guadalajara, Hermosillo, Querétaro, Puebla, Mexicali and Ciudad Juarez.
In 2020, serious illnesses such as diabetes or cancer were among the most expensive with an average price of 200,000 pesos / picture: Depositphotos.com
Fast and effective health tools are needed now more than ever to fight the pandemic. Various service providers have taken certain measures in this regard, but in light of the coronavirus maelstrom, they felt that an alliance would be more advantageous.
This is how the “Heimklinik” was born, an effort between public and private institutions to offer a platform that enables patients with Covid-19 and their families to receive comprehensive medical care.
With the arrival of the Easter holidays, the infections could increase. Therefore, having verified information and, most importantly, different service providers in one place is invaluable.
Online care directory, informative videos, specific oxygen services, home pharmacies, and postcovid care are just a few of the items on the Home Clinic page that is already up and running.
“We have learned that it is missing who and how to look. These alternatives help what is most important: early care, ”said FUNSALUD Executive President Héctor Valle Mesto.
Telemedicine on the advance
Telemedicine is already a reality, recalls Morgan Guerra, CEO of Previta, a company specializing in disease prevention.
A study conducted in the United States found that telemedicine grew more than 1,000 percent in March 2020 and reached 4,000 percent in April. In Mexico the increase was similar, he says.
Hospital saturation brought the world’s population to medical care through digital media. “You know it’s safe,” said Guerra.
And the numbers speak for it: of the five thousand patients Previta treated during this pandemic, only 7 percent were referred to a hospital and only 1.2 percent died.
Plus, the cost of home care is only a fraction of what you would spend in a hospital. So telemedicine is an advantage. “This modality will surpass Covid. After that, not only traditional media will exist. “
Technology makes the life of the world an unusual approach to health. “I never thought I’d see this now,” says Marilú Acosta, telemedicine coordinator at ABC Medical Center.
The pandemic brought us out of our comfort zone
A situation like the current one can be tackled with joint work, says Alejando Lara, medical director of Farmacias del Ahorro. “This will be a differentiator in the fight against this pandemic as both the doctor and patient have left their comfort zones and used new tools.”
A robust information platform enables conscious decision-making.
“Nowadays, more practical, cheaper and risk-free access to health is very important. It protects one another,” explains José Antonio Crespo of Farmalisto, a digital platform for home health.
In addition, it helps provide better coverage, which is currently not possible without healthcare professionals. “There are 180,000 doctors in Mexico, there are few as there are 2.1 doctors per thousand people when the ideal by OECD standards is 3.4 per thousand,” says Crespo.
Hospital saturation brought the world’s population to medical care through digital media / Image: Depositphotps.com
Prevention, the main goal of the platform
Remote monitoring of vital signs and symptoms not only helps prevent complications, but also enables patients and their families to be guided through the diagnosis or suspicion of COVID-19 and the following steps for appropriate treatment.
Users will find a directory of remote healthcare platforms as well as information on federal and state public services associated with supplying Covid-19.
- ABC Medical Center
- Axa Keralty
- Savings pharmacies
- Viive / Med Silanés
The site provides information on specialized services such as pharmacies, ambulances, oxygen and household services for laboratory sample collection or personal consultations.
Free and Risk Free Medical Education
Another agreement that favors doctors is that between the Fundación IMSS and Novartis México. The aim of the alliance is to offer doctors free access to a platform for digitizing medical practices and for online medical advice that benefits their practice through telemedicine.
Once registered, they can be trained through interactive content, access to the latest publications in various fields, live broadcasts, face-to-face advice, or collectively.
They also have the opportunity to interact and communicate with their peers and most importantly, they have a secure digital space where they can give online medical advice to their patients.
“The agreement is of great relevance as it enables specialists to train for free in a virtual environment without endangering people due to the contingency of health,” explains the director of the IMSS Foundation, Ana Lía de Fátima García.
The impact of this state-of-the-art instrument on disease control and patient well-being, particularly those with chronic degenerative diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure, is assessed by the IMSS Foundation.
ConsultorioMOVIL.net makes it easy for doctors to forget about files on paper or in other inconvenient formats as the digital medical record may contain the patient’s symptoms and the photos needed to facilitate diagnosis and follow-up can be shared and saved.
Formats are also offered that contain the results of laboratory and image studies, and their historical behavior is displayed.
Doctors can consult the Vademecum as it is complete and is pre-installed.
These tools allow clinicians to improve their Fernando Cruz, President of Novartis Mexico, advises that you are practicing and benefiting from digital and personalized monitoring.
In addition, they have access to a free and encrypted platform so that communication with their patients does not involve any risks, such as those encountered when using public platforms for video conferencing or instant messaging services, which are vulnerable.
Interested doctors can find more information on the Fundación IMSS website www.fundacionimss.org.mx or in the MedForum https://www.medforum.com.mx