Salud Pública de México
Print version ISSN 0036-3634
MUNOZ-HERNANDEZ, Onofre; CHERTORIVSKI-WOLDENBERG, Salomón; CORTES-GALLO, Gabriel and PEREZ-CUEVAS, Ricardo. The Medical Insurance for a New Generation: a viable answer for the health needs of Mexican children. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2012, vol.54, suppl.1, pp. s3-s10. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342012000700002.
OBJECTIVE: To describe the Medical Insurance for a New Generation (SMNG) as key public policy aimed at improving health care services for children under the age of five years in Mexico. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This paper analyzes interrelated aspects of public policies to provide health care to Mexican children: a) the demographic and health status of children, with emphasis on the wide disparities between children of varying demographics; b) the relationship of the main functions of a health care system: financing, equity, access and quality, with the provision of health care for children; c) the architecture of the Medical Insurance for a New Generation. CONCLUSION: SMNG is a program that can be instrumental in lowering infant mortality and alleviating the burden of families to care for sick children by improving access, quality of care and equity.
Keywords : health systems; infant mortality; health policy; Mexico.