Mexico extends health insurance coverage

15:30, August 07, 2010      

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Mexico extended health insurance coverage by about a million people a month in the first half of the year, said the Mexican Health Ministry on Friday.

The ministry said there are 36.8 million subscribers to the Social Health Protection System (SPSS) created in 2004. The SPSS targets Mexico's low-income population, especially those living in rural areas.

The National SPSS Commission seeks out citizens not covered by Mexico's multiple health care systems and provides them with health insurance.

According to the Health Ministry, the SPSS Catastrophic Spending Protection Fund paid out 5.1 billion pesos (789 million U.S. dollars) to subscribers in the first half of the year.

The ministry added that over 2.5 billion pesos (197 million dollars) have been spent in fighting H1N1 flu, a pandemic that brought the Mexican economy to a standstill in April and May last year.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:赵晨雁)

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