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Healthcare & Social Security in Mexico

Mexico’s healthcare and social security system has changed rapidly since the early 1990s. Today, more funds are being placed in the healthcare sector in order to ensure that a greater percentage of the working population is better represented.

Mexico’s healthcare & social security system explained

Mexico manages three similar systems of healthcare, as well as six government-run social security institutions. These government-run systems provide healthcare to approximately 50 million of Mexico’s employed workforce.

If you work in Mexico you will be in a position to benefit from the services offered within Mexico’s social services industries. Contributions average around 25% of an individual’s salary, are also available to foreigners living in Mexico.

Individuals in a position to benefit from such services have excellent access to public healthcare facilities, which are available across the country.

Organizations in Mexico

The largest social security organization in Mexico is the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS). The IMSS is an organization that is funded by contributions from employers, beneficiaries and the Mexican Government.

Under this system when visiting a national hospital you will be required to see an IMSS doctor, although you are unable to select which doctor you visit. In this respect, all access to care and hospitals is regulated by a physician who is assigned to you.

The quality of Mexico social security system

At present, Mexico’s social security program provides healthcare to formal sector workers and their families. The quality of services provided varies from one hospital to the other, though major urban institutions are known for providing excellent basic healthcare.

Other entitlements

The pension system in Mexico was modeled on the Pension Reforms system in Chile in 1997. Formal sector workers are entitled to a pension, which they will receive upon reaching the age of 60.  

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