Mexico is spending less than expected on its health system, media reports said. The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) observed that the country spends only 2.5 percent of its GDP on health, less than the recommended 6 percent.
PAHO closely works with the countries of the Americas to ensure superior health and quality of life. It is reported that many countries have spent a good percentage of their GDP on their health systems in recent years. The country currently spends 300,000 pesos per person per year on the health system, which is less than 30,000 pesos per capita in some states.
A more serious issue identified in the country since 2019 is that the resources have not been used to their full potential despite authorisation. For that reason, programmes which seek to prevent chronic diseases are leading the cause of rising death rates in Mexico, media reports said.
On the bright side, the government has increased its spending on the health system to 3.5 percent of GDP as a first measure to improve public health. It is observed that the Insabi scheme is anticipated to have a lot of capacity in providing medical services at the IMSS system.