Health shows how they solve hospital deficiencies in Mexico

Health shows how they solve hospital deficiencies in Mexico
  • The health personnel showed through a tiktok the “creativity” with which they solve hospital deficiencies in Mexico.
  • While medical technology is advancing by leaps and bounds, many public health units have obsolete equipment.
  • Mexico stands out, within the OECD countries, for having insufficient hospital infrastructure and human resources in the health sector.

A nurse, belonging to the Mexican health systemwent viral by publishing a video showing the creativity with which health personnel must solve hospital deficiencies in Mexico.

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@anneorpin It is a reality of our public hospitals in Mexico #nurseinpure #nurse #nursestiktok ♬ Love You So – The King Khan & BBQ Show

While medical technology advances by leaps and bounds, public health is obsolete…

It is not a secret that the public health Our country is experiencing severe problems. This situation has been going on for several years and it is getting worse every time. The lack of staff is becoming more evident and that harms both doctors and patients. The most notorious are the huge waiting lines that are registered in the health units on a daily basis.

But beyond the waiting time to receive care, there is something even more serious. It’s about the hospital deficiencies in Mexico. While medical technology is advancing by leaps and bounds, many public health units have Obsolete equipment. The staff of Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) and the Institute of Security and Social Services for State Workers (ISSSTE) is the most affected.

Mexico stands out, within the OECD countries, for having insufficient hospital infrastructure and human resources in the health sector

Mexico stands out, within the countries of the OECD, for having insufficient hospital infrastructure and human resources in the health sector. Our country is 28% below the average of doctors and 68% of the average of nursesalready considering the staff of public and private institutions. The average number of doctors in these countries per thousand inhabitants is 3.4, and 8.7 nurses. In Mexico we have 2.4 doctors and 2.9 nurses for every thousand inhabitants.

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However, the national average hides a more serious perspective. We analyze the available resources of the Health Secretarywhich is the institution that, as we already mentioned, provides the greatest coverage at the national level and that must attend to the most cases of hospitalized coronavirus patients.

In it there are only 0.5 doctors for every thousand inhabitants and 0.8 nurses at the national level, figures that are difficult to believe in the context of the OECD. In Mexico City, which is the entity that has more doctors and nurses per thousand inhabitants, the Ministry of Health reports 1.1 and 1.8, respectively. That is, 43% fewer doctors than in China, 71% fewer than in Spain and 72% fewer than in Italy.

Mexico is the country with the fewest surgical specialists

The OECD health statistics do not disaggregate information on physicians by specialty. Pulmonologists, infectious disease physicians, internists, and other specialties are grouped as ‘specialist doctors’. Anesthesiologists and intensivists, along with other surgical specialties, are grouped under ‘surgical specialists’.

Well, Mexico is the country with the fewest surgical specialists. For every thousand inhabitants we have 0.1 surgical specialists, in contrast to Italy and Spain, which have one specialist. Regarding medical specialists, Mexico has 0.8 per thousand inhabitants. The country with the highest figure is Greece, having 2.5 per thousand inhabitants.

When comparing the number of available beds, Mexico is again in a very poor situation. The total number of beds nationwide in hospitals in the Ministry of Health is 56 thousand, in hospitalization areas and outside hospitalization. We have half the beds in other countries with serious coronavirus outbreaks, such as Italy and Spain. But it doesn’t stop there; we are also below our ‘peers’.

Finally, in Mexico we have a bed in Public hospitals per thousand inhabitants; in Chile and Colombia there are 1.6 and 1.7 beds per thousand inhabitants, respectively. In Italy and Spain they have 2.1 and two beds per thousand inhabitants.

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