Mexico spends 6.1 % of its GDP on healthcare. 52 % of Mexico’s health care expenditure in 2012 came from the government, while 48 % was from private sources. Healthcare represented 16 % of all government expenditure.
Mexico achieved Universal healthcare in 2012. Public healthcare delivery is accomplished via an elaborate provisioning and delivery system put in place by the Federal Government. This is complemented by private healthcare systems – that are available to those who can afford to pay. Less than 10% of the Mexican population has private insurance coverage
Public care is either fully or partially subsidized by the federal government, depending on the person’s employment status. All Mexican citizens are eligible for subsidized healthcare regardless of their work status via a system of health care facilities operating under the federal health agency
Employed citizens and their dependents are further eligible to use the program administered and operated by the Mexican Social Security Institute (the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social or IMSS)
Mexico’s vast expanse is covered by a network of small hospitals. Over 50% of public hospitals have less than 50 beds.
The Secretaria de Salud is the largest public healthcare institution, operating 809 hospitals throughout the country - 279 hospitals are affiliated to IMSS