Salud Pública de México
Print version ISSN 0036-3634
RODRIGUEZ-ORTEGA, Evelyne Eugenia and PASILLAS-TORRES, Elvira Mireya. Family healthcare expenditure on children affiliated to the Medical Insurance for a New Generation. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2012, vol.54, suppl.1, pp. s65-s72. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342012000700009.
OBJECTIVE: To analyze household health expenditures on children who are beneficiaries of the Medical Insurance for a New Generation (SMNG), program created in 2007 to cover healthcare costs of children without social security born after December 1st, 2006. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using the SMNG National Survey, out-the-pocket and catastrophic spending on child health were calculated using several definitions. Results are presented by socioeconomic level, rural and urban areas and for Oportunidades beneficiaries. RESULTS: About 63.3% of households spent an average annual amount of 3320 Mexican pesos (MEX$) on healthcare for beneficiary children. Between 4.3 and 11.6% of households experienced catastrophic spending, depending on the definition adopted. Due to economic trouble, 15.5% of households postponed and 10.0% cancelled medical care for their child. CONCLUSIONS: Even though children are affiliated to the SMNG, the economic burden associated with attending their health is still an issue for families.
Keywords : healthcare financing; out-of-pocket expenditure; catastrophic expenditure; Mexico.