MEXICO | Health Topics

There are multiple views on the strengths, weaknesses, and efficacy of Mexico’s health care system. Below is a curated list of perspectives and insights on various topics that best illustrate the scope of debate. This information has been collected from academic, media, and industry sources from both within and outside of the country. It is not comprehensive. The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors and are not a reflection of the position of the Mailman School of Public Health or its faculty.
 
The articles are provided with the source first followed by the link to the article. Sources used for the policy library can be found under the Additional Resources tab.
 
Health Topics Included

COVID-19


DISEASE & ILLNESS


ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH


FINANCING & PAYMENT SYSTEMS


GAPS & CHALLENGES


HEALTH DISPARITIES & MINORITY HEALTH



References

1. Agren, D. (2020). Understanding Mexican health worker COVID-19 deaths. The Lancet, 396(10254), 807. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0140-6736(20)31955-3 

2. Ahmed, A. (2020, September 23). In the Center of Mexico's Epicenter, Feeling Like a 'Trapped Animal'. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/23/world/americas/mexico-coronavirus-covid-iztapalapa.html. 

3. Trujillo-Ochoa, J. L., Viera-Segura, O., & Fierro, N. A. (2019). Challenges in Management of Hepatitis A Virus Epidemiological Transition in Mexico. Annals of Hepatology, 18(1), 14–22. https://doi.org/10.5604/01.3001.0012.7857 

4. Undurraga, E. A., Betancourt-Cravioto, M., Ramos-Castañeda, J., Martínez-Vega, R., Méndez-Galván, J., Gubler, D. J., … Shepard, D. S. (2015). Economic and Disease Burden of Dengue in Mexico. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 9(3). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0003547 

5. Alamo-Hernández, U., Espinosa-García, A. C., Rangel-Flores, H., Farías, P., Hernández-Bonilla, D., Cortez-Lugo, M., … Riojas–Rodríguez, H. (2019). Environmental Health Promotion of a Contaminated Site in Mexico. EcoHealth, 16(2), 317–329. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10393-019-01407-5 

6. Grineski, S. E., & Juárez-Carrillo, P. M. (2012). Environmental Injustice in the US-Mexico Border Region. Social Justice in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region, 179–198. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-4150-8_10 

7. Garcia-Diaz, R., & Sosa-Rub, S. G. (2011). Analysis of the distributional impact of out-of-pocket health payments: Evidence from a public health insurance program for the poor in Mexico. Journal of Health Economics, 30(4), 707–718. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhealeco.2011.04.003 

8. Knaul, F. M., González-Pier, E., Gómez-Dantés, O., García-Junco, D., Arreola-Ornelas, H., Barraza-Lloréns, M., … Frenk, J. (2012). The quest for universal health coverage: achieving social protection for all in Mexico. The Lancet, 380(9849), 1259–1279. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0140-6736(12)61068-x 

9. Urquieta-Salomón, J. E., & Villarreal, H. J. (2015). Evolution of health coverage in Mexico: evidence of progress and challenges in the Mexican health system. Health Policy and Planning, 31(1), 28–36. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapol/czv015 

10. Doubova, S. V., García-Saiso, S., Pérez-Cuevas, R., Sarabia-González, O., Pacheco-Estrello, P., Infante-Castañeda, C., … Leslie, H. H. (2018). Quality governance in a pluralistic health system: Mexican experience and challenges. The Lancet Global Health, 6(11). https://doi.org/10.1016/s2214-109x(18)30321-8 

11. Pelcastre-Villafuerte, B., Ruiz, M., Meneses, S., Amaya, C., Márquez, M., Taboada, A., & Careaga, K. (2014). Community-based health care for indigenous women in Mexico: a qualitative evaluation. International Journal for Equity in Health, 13(1), 2. https://doi.org/10.1186/1475-9276-13-2 

12. Alvarez-Hernandez, G., Drexler, N., Paddock, C. D., Licona-Enriquez, J. D., Mora, J. D.-D. L., Straily, A., … Arteaga-Cardenas, V. A. (2019). Community-based prevention of epidemic Rocky Mountain spotted fever among minority populations in Sonora, Mexico, using a One Health approach. Transactions of The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 114(4), 293–300. https://doi.org/10.1093/trstmh/trz114

13. González-Block, M. A., Rouvier, M., Becerril, V., & Sesia, P. (2011). Mapping of health system functions to strengthen priority programs. The case of maternal health in Mexico. BMC Public Health, 11(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-11-164 

14. Avila-Burgos, L., Cahuana-Hurtado, L., Montañez-Hernandez, J., Servan-Mori, E., Aracena-Genao, B., & Río-Zolezzi, A. D. (2016). Financing Maternal Health and Family Planning: Are We on the Right Track? Evidence from the Reproductive Health Subaccounts in Mexico, 2003–2012. Plos One, 11(1). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0147923 

15. Nigenda, G. H., & González, L. M. (2009). Contracting Private Sector Providers For Public Sector Health Services In Jalisco, Mexico: Perspectives Of System Actors. Human Resources for Health, 7(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/1478-4491-7-79 

16. Hoffman, S., Rueda, H., & Beasley, L. (2019). Youth Perspectives of Healthcare in Central Mexico: An Application of Massey’s Critical Health Literacy Framework. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(5), 896. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph1605089