First and second grade patients

The pandemic has shown us the excruciating reality that we live as a country in terms of health, warns Dr. Andrés Castañeda Prado. With updated figures, the specialist shows that the highest incidence of patients dying from covid occurs in public hospitals, in some of which there are even first and second beds for the sick. To these deaths, which mainly affect indigenous communities and the most precarious sectors of the cities, is added the prolonged confinement, which many cannot save due to lack of economic capacity.

MEXICO CITY (process) .- Six months after the first contagion of coronavirus in Mexico, on February 28, the pandemic has shown the social inequality that exists in the country: a huge gap separates rich and poor regarding access to medical care. And in this scenario, the second ones have been the most affected by the contagion.

Stratification in the health sector has shown that there is a lower mortality rate among those infected who can pay for private hospitals or who are beneficiaries of a government institution, compared to the marginalized classes without social security, among which are left in the background. isolated indigenous communities in the country.

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The doctor Andrés Castañeda Prado, coordinator of the Causes of Health and Welfare of the Nosotrxs por la Democracia association, assures: “We have always known that in Mexico there is inequality everywhere. This is nothing new. But in this case, the pandemic has made it very clear to us that there is a huge gap between rich and poor in access to health, and that the latter are the most affected by the covid.

“Not all Mexicans infected by the coronavirus are treated equally: some receive first-world care, but the vast majority receive medical care that leaves much to be desired.”

This contrast is reflected in the statistics of the health sector itself: for example, until Sunday 16 private hospitals identified as positive and treated 15,991 patients in their facilities, of which 691 (4.3%) died; In turn, the IMSS hospitals treated 166,538, of which 31,883 (19.1%) of their patients with covid died.

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Thus, the death toll is more than four times higher in IMSS hospitals than in private ones.

Castañeda points out that, in this stratification, those treated at the IMSS have an even lower mortality rate than those who attend institutions with fewer medical resources.

And it details: “Around 46% of the patients who have social security and are admitted to IMSS or ISSSTE hospitals, among others, are dying. In contrast, the percentage rises to 53.4% ​​of deaths among patients who enter institutions with fewer resources, such as Insabi (Health Institute for Well-being) or IMSS Well-being ”.

–The fewer resources of the hospital institutions, the greater the number of deaths? –Asks the reporter.

–Of course, since resources impact the quality of medical equipment, medicines, the number of health professionals, and hospital facilities. And in Mexico, the institutions with the fewest resources serve the poorest. Thats the reality.

Fragment of report published in the 2287 edition of the weekly Proceso, whose digital version you can purchase here

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