Salud Pública de México
Print version ISSN 0036-3634
PEREZ-CUEVAS, Ricardo et al. Lessons learned from the first evaluation of the Medical Insurance for a New Generation: bridging research and policy. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2012, vol.54, suppl.1, pp. s90-s97. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342012000700012.
The first evaluation of the Medical Insurance for a New Generation program (SMNG) was conducted in 2009. A mixed-method approach was used to obtain a comprehensive picture of SMNG members and the program itself. The evaluation comprised: 1) Program design; 2) Social and health conditions of its members; 3); Evaluation of SMNG's performance by measuring coverage, productivity and efficiency; 4) Families health expenditures. The lessons learned for the program are that SMNG is focused on a vulnerable segment of the population with pervasive unmet health needs; prevalence of malnutrition, anemia and other conditions remains high. Further efforts are necessary to deploy the program where it is most needed, particularly in rural areas; most of its members are urban dwellers. However, more needs to be done to educate members about the importance of preventive care and to build the capability of health providers to provide high quality care. Families are still experiencing hardship to provide medical care to their children, so additional efforts are needed to decrease out-of-pocket and catastrophic expenditures. The lessons learned for the evaluation allow concluding that this first evaluation set the groundwork for better-targeted subsequent interventions and evaluations aimed at showing the impact of SMNG to bridge existing gaps in equity, access, coverage, and health status of Mexican children.
Keywords : infants' health; preschool children's health; health program; social protection for health; program evaluation; exico.