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High specialty medicine in Mexico is seen as fragile

The great pending in the health sector in Mexico is financing to strengthen highly specialized medicine, agreed the participants in the VII Congress of the Health Commissions of the Parliaments of the Americas, a space for international dialogue.

“One of the pending issues in our country is financing, because more resources are always needed for health care, especially if it focuses on highly specialized medicine, due to the need for more hospital infrastructure, medicines and high-cost technology, “said Senator Américo Villareal Anaya, president of the Health Commission of the Chamber of Deputies.

The meeting, organized by the Senate of the Republic and the Pan American Health Organization / WHO, addresses the challenges and solutions for public health from the parliamentary point of view.

Emmanuel Reyes Carmona, president of the Public Health Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, stated that the pandemic put to the test the capacity of legislative bodies to be able to adjust the norms and most pressing needs of public health.

He said that in Mexico “we need a new primary care strategy that promotes the participation of all.” The challenge, he stated, is to work in a united and coordinated manner on the issues facing the country; Finding ourselves in this space, he added, will allow us to achieve higher levels of physical, mental and social well-being.

Cristian Morales, PAHO / WHO representative in Mexico, stressed that, in this annual Congress, the work of parliamentarians will be essential to move towards more resilient health systems capable of better coping with the new waves of Covid- 19.

“Because we are certain that several and even other pandemics will come, which could arise and increase the health problems in general that affect all countries”, situations that require systems with infrastructure, financing and well-trained human resources to face the damage caused by health emergencies.

For which, he stated, the axis of financing the health systems of the region must be changed, because public resources are totally insufficient, “I believe that the Covid-19 has shown us, it requires greater self-sufficiency in the production of supplies and medicines ”.

In turn, Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez, Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, asserted that, throughout the history of the region’s health systems, private interests in health care have predominated in the last 40 years. public management and government projects.

In the case of Mexico, he said, sometimes these attempts to introduce the private over the public are accompanied by unlawful practices “or frankly violating ethical precepts that lead to acts of corruption.”

“In this sense, corruption occurs between public actors who decline their responsibility and private actors who induce these actions to protect their own interests.”

López-Gatell highlighted that in recent years a limited approach to finance has predominated when talking about social protection in health, which has led us to significant misconduct insofar as efforts have been made to ensure insufficient financing schemes.

For his part, Sebastián García Saisó, director of the Department of Evidence and Intelligence for Decision-Making in Health at PAHO / WHO, assured that the digital transformation of the health sector is not an isolated issue, but requires special attention and focus. to strengthen health systems and advance the era of digital interdependence.

Meanwhile, Ignacio Ibarra, from the Office of the PAHO / WHO Legal Advisor and technical coordinator of the event, stressed that this annual forum serves so that countries that have been successful can share it with nations that are just starting or that may find common solutions.

“I believe that the pandemic has shown us that nations must be more united in order to make better health decisions, it is important to know the challenges that exist to be able to standardize the patterns that health should have.”

On the first day of the virtual Congress, three panels were held: “The promotion of mental health and the approach to its determinants, the role of legislation and parliamentary work”; “Contribution of parliamentary work to end tuberculosis as a public health problem”; and “the promotion of road safety”.

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