“Studies carried out by several academic institutions and think tanks revealed that every year more than four million Mexican households were falling victims of catastrophic expenditures due to health care payments. The reason: half of the population lacked health insurance. These households were being forced to use their lifetime savings, sell their most treasured belongings, or borrow heavily to meet their health needs.
This analysis brought to light an unacceptable paradox: We know that health care is one of the most effective ways of fighting poverty, yet medical care can itself become an impoverishing factor for families when a country does not have the social mechanisms to protect the population against financial shocks derived from the universally human reality of falling sick.”
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