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Monday, September 3, 2012

Mexican State of the Nation Report - TV Clip re Health Coverage

President Felipe Calderón

There are things that are not open to question, the most important of which is: protecting the health of Mexicans.

I remember when I was a boy, I used to watch my mother collecting money with her friends and neighbors so that they could help people who did not have enough money to pay for medicine or to go to the doctor.

Ever since then, I realized that health was the main concern of these families and that they were prepared to sacrifice everything to pay for treatment for a sick child or spouse.

And if health is the most important thing for families, it should be for the government as well.

Since my first day as president, people's health has been my priority.

Five years ago we were a long way from being able to provide health services to most Mexicans, particularly poor people who did not have jobs or were self-employed, or were not affiliated to any social security institution.

It was essential to achieve Universal Coverage: doctors, medicine, treatment and hospitals for any Mexican who needed it.

That was the goal and we achieved it.

Through the Popular Insurance [System], Mexican families now have access to healthcare.

We still have a way to go but this is undoubtedly the health administration.

Now, as never before in the history of Mexico, medical care is available for the families that need it.

Today we should feel very proud of this achievement, which is something very few countries in the world have attained.

With universal health coverage, we have constructed the basis of a fair Mexico for all.

● YouTube link (in Spanish): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPNln4ubKOE&feature=player_embedded

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Health Coverage Address, Aug. 28, 2012, Presidency of the Republic, Mexico, D.F., translation Presidency of the Republic


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