Popular Insurance Also Benefits Middle Class (Tijuana Press, 12/28/12 by Vicente Calderón)

Tijuana, BC - 10% of the subscribers of Popular insurance in the entity are middle-class people, reported Mirna Rincon, are Director of Social Protection in Health, she said during a meeting with media. One of every 10 affiliates in B.C. is in that range. "Baja California has the highest percentages of members in the middle class, a medium-high number", said Vargas Rincon.

She added Popular insurance is for all who do not have coverage with some other health insurance system and therefore it is also of benefit to professionals. "It is a right to health and all Mexicans have the same right", said the officer explaining that you have a need to do this in an intense campaign is to reach the entire population. She went further than expected explaining the 19 modules of affiliation they have in the entire State.

"I think that all see, loud and clear, in all the colonies, vulnerable colonies, middle class colonies, upper class colonies because we want to get to the citizens who do not have that social security", she said.

At the breakfast offered to the press, Mirna Rincón Vargas said popular insurance achieved ISO 9001:2008 quality accreditation through affiliation and reafiliacion processes. The only other state is Chiapas, to so far get such a certification. Countrywide a record 53 million people are affiliated with Popular insurance.

Popular Insurance Receives ISO 9001:2008 Acceditation (Tijuana Press, 12/28/12)

TIJUANA, B.C. - Popular insurance of Baja California achieved ISO 9001: 2008 accreditation in affiliation and reaffiliation processes through actions performed daily to protect the health of the population lacking social security, announced Mirna Rincón Vargas, Director General of Regime Social Protection in Health (Repss) at a press conference. It is the second State in the Mexican Republic to achieve certification. She noted that it is a great achievement for the entity since only the Popular insurance of Chiapas had reached the certification.

Rincón Vargas said they initiated the accreditation procedure in 2010 with the aim that their processes and systems are provided with the highest levels of efficiency, and thus offer them by Popular insurance providers by providing appropriate and timely attention to rights-holders.

She explained Popular insurance used the advice of a specialist company to guide the direction of promotion staff and membership in the redefining the mechanisms of care to users. They reviewed and changed management indicators, trained operation and administrative personnel and established a Quality Committee aimed at providing follow-up in the certification process.

On the other hand, during the media presentation, the Director General de el Repss said that this action complements advances that register in the medical-hospital infrastructure of Baja California every time it has equipped and replaced health centers. 98% of the five general hospitals have been remodeled and reequipped.

Coupled with an increase of 264% medical interventions covered under Popular insurance since 2002, the year Popular insurance began and only covered 78 interventions. It currently provides care in 284 interventions, equivalent to 1,800 diseases.

Mirna Rincon explained that 300,000 formalities between reaffiliations and affiliations were scheduled in 2012 and that they have currently benefited 349,617 people in the State, surpassing the annual target by 16.54%. "Such work translates in economic resource increase and improves the medical-hospital infrastructure, as well as the purchase of medicines and payment of workers’ salaries in the sector health, among others", she said.

Lastly, the Director of Repss pointed out that on the issue of prevention, in the year and a half since it was launched, the prevention program has made 453,656 preventive consultations, and that 30% of the affiliates examined have resulted with an unknown disease due to being overweight or obese, as diabetes or hypertension if treated on time or can trigger serious even irreversible health problems. http://www.tijuanapress.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8532:seguro-popular-beneficia-tambien-a-clase-media&catid=1:locales&Itemid=50

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