“Nordic”-style health care for Mexico in three years: AMLO

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador vowed that quality medical care and medicines will be free for Mexicans…//

In three years, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador promised that health services in Mexico will be similar to those of Sweden and other Nordic nations, systems financed by the government with resources from the public sector.

In a press conference, the president said that medical care and medications will be free for Mexicans.

“We will have a health service like the Nordic countries: Denmark and Sweden or Canada”, he maintained.



He clarified that the anarchy in the health system will not continue and little by little there will be medicines and free service for all Mexicans.

“I can not do it overnight because it will imply improving the 20 thousand rural clinics and the entire inventory of hospitals.

“We have already started but we are going to go little by little to do it in an orderly way because some, they would like the anarchy to continue because they took advantage, but it’s going to end,” he said.

He recalled that he inherited at least 80 unfinished clinics and hospitals in the country that should be terminated or completed, according to the priority of each zone, while more than 80 thousand workers have been working without salary, without counting the corruption in the purchase of medicines that allowed many leaks of resources and therefore, shortages.

He said that some hospitals are 30 percent complete, so the federal government
will prioritize those that can be finished soon and those that are most urgent due to lack of clinics or the remoteness of these in some areas of the country.

The President reiterated his commitment to federalize the health system to be on a par with the Nordic countries, as he promised from his campaign.

López Obrador said that those resident doctors will receive their salary and there will be no further delay in the payroll payments, “not by the pressure” of demonstrations, but “because it is a right, it is justice and is part of the new system of this government.”

TEXT: EL UNIVERSAL AND MILENIO

 

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