Access to medicines by Seguro Popular beneficiaries: Pending tasks towards universal health coverage

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Objective: In the context of aiming to achieve universal health coverage in Mexico, this study compares access to prescribed medicines (ATPM) between Seguro Popular (SP) and non-SP affiliated outpatient health service users. Materials and Methods: ATPM by 6,123 users of outpatient services was analyzed using the National Health and Nutrition Survey 2012. Adjusted bi-probit models were performed incorporating instrumental variables. Results: 17.3% of SP and 10.1%of the non-SP population lacked ATPM. Two-thirds of all outpatient SP and 18.5%of all outpatient non-SP received health services at Ministry of Health facilities, among whom, 64.6 and 53.6% of the SP and non-SP population respectively reported ATPM at these facilities. Lack of medicines in health units, chronic health problems (compared to acute conditions) and prescription ≥3 medicines were risk factors for non-ATPM. Adjusted models suggest that when using Ministry of Health services, the SP population has a higher probability of ATMP compared to the non-SP population. Conclusion: Given the aspirations of achieving universal health coverage in Mexico, it is important to increase ATPM in Ministry of Health facilities thereby ensuring basic rights to health care are met.

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Servan-Mori, E., Heredia-Pi, I., Montañez-Hernandez, J., Avila-Burgos, L., & Wirtz, V. J. (2015). Access to medicines by Seguro Popular beneficiaries: Pending tasks towards universal health coverage. PLoS ONE, 10(9). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0136823

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