President AMLO Promises Free Health Care in Mexico by 2023
Annarella Grimal - #CiberCuba
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September 11, 2022

The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, promised that he will continue to hire Cuban doctors in his country and that in a few months there will be free health care for all Mexicans.

In a morning press conference from the Mexican state of Zacatecas, the president explained to a journalist interested in transformations in education, health and public works that the universalization of health services has already begun and has Cuban personnel.

"Health is being federalized. It is going to be guaranteed, it is my commitment, it is quite a challenge, but by the middle of next year we will have a quality, universal, free health system throughout Mexico," said López Obrador.

According to the President, this is a process already underway in three states: Colima, Tlaxcala and Nayarit, where dozens of Cuban doctors are already working, filling more than 500 of the 14,323 vacancies that were available in his "Health Plan for Wellbeing", in which the Mexican government has already spent 7 billion pesos.

Regarding the Cuban doctors, he highlighted their presence in the country and insisted that he would bring others, even if it upset political opponents.

"We are not going to stop thanking the people and the government of Cuba because doctors and specialists from Cuba are working in the hospital in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, as they are doing in other hospitals in Nayarit, in Colima," he said.

"And we are going to continue hiring specialist doctors in Cuba and in other countries...even if it hurts them," he advanced and pledged to guarantee specialists and medicines.

Read the rest at #CiberCuba

Related: Mexico Describes Collaboration With Cuba in Health Care as Historic (Prensa Latina)

Related: Healthcare in Mexico: Shortage of Medicines, Deteriorated Hospitals, and Lack of Doctors (Vallarta News Daily)

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