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Submission + - Near-universal Mexican healthcare coverage results from science-informed changes ( 4

ananyo writes: A revamp of Mexico’s beleaguered health-care system is proving to be a runaway success and offers a model for other nations seeking to reform their own systems, according to a review published this week in The Lancet (abstract). The key to the scheme’s success is the way in which it has modified its reforms in response to scientific assessments of their effectiveness, the authors say.
Launched in a law in 2003, the Mexican scheme was designed to sort out widespread inefficiencies and inconsistencies in the country's health-care system. Some 50 million Mexicans — nearly half the country’s population — who previously were not covered by health insurance are now enrolled, leading the scheme’s architects to claim that the country has near-universal health-care coverage.
As well as the increased coverage, the scheme has seen the number of conditions treated under Mexican public health insurance nearly quintuple. Admittedly, the former health minister Julio Frenk, now dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, is a co-author on the paper.

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Near-universal Mexican healthcare coverage results from science-informed changes

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  • As usual, such tales emphasize how many people are covered, without directly comparing their effectiveness to other systems (such as the U.S. "system", or lack thereof).

    Sure... the data (from an arguably biased source) says their system is getting better... but better compared to what? Only itself.

    That's only half the story, at best.

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