by Felicia Marie Knaul, Eduardo González-Pier, Octavio Gómez-Dantés et al.
The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 16 August, 2012
Mexico is reaching universal health coverage in 2012. A national health insurance programme called ‘Seguro Popular’, introduced in 2003, is providing access to a package of comprehensive health services with financial protection for more than 50 million Mexicans previously excluded from insurance. Universal coverage in Mexico is synonymous with social protection of health. This report analyses the road to universal coverage along three dimensions of protection: against health risks, for patients through quality assurance of health care, and against the financial consequences of disease and injury .