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Second Public Procurement Review of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS)

Reshaping Strategies for Better Healthcare

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This review highlights achievements of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, IMSS) in a number of areas – human resources, technological capacities and relations with suppliers – which were previously identified by the OECD as pivotal for the successful reform of IMSS procurement operations. This report highlights the progress made and offers recommendations to support IMSS in achieving procurement excellence and fulfilling its mandate to provide the best possible, most cost-effective healthcare services to citizens.

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Foreword

Overall, OECD countries have improved the quality of their healthcare, but the price tag has been high – on average amounting to 9% of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016. While healthcare has also improved in Mexico, the country persistently ranks low for health spending, a reliable determinant of a population’s health status. Furthermore, at just above 50% of total health expenditure, the share of public financing of healthcare in Mexico is the second lowest in the OECD. In addition, Mexico is facing pressing social challenges that have substantial implications for health such as an ageing population, pollution, sedentary lifestyles and obesity. To improve value for money and reduce health inequities, the country needs to further invest in cost-effective programmes that affect the personal, environmental and social determinants of health. This includes more effective public services that use health budgets – particularly public funds – more efficiently.

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