574 Children Served by Catastrophic Expense Program (Uniradio Informa, 1/14/13)

TIJUANA, BC - 574 children were treated through the catastrophic expenditure program of the B.C. Ministry of Health during 2012, making an investment of 29,400,000 pesos ($2.3 million US), which has helped parents of minors avoid carrying the extreme cost burdens that affect the economy of these families.

This was made known by the Secretary of Health of B.C., Dr. José Bustamante Moreno, who indicated that it has been a priority of State Governor José Guadalupe Osuna Millán, especially children’s and women’s health. That is why through the Popular Insurance parents have brought their children to the units of the Secretariat of Health of B.C., for diseases such as cancer or birth defects.

474 babies were treated in general hospital neonatal intensive care (NICU) units, and the mother and child Hospital of the entity. Since they were born before their natural gestation time all their care was free through the Popular Insurance, announced the Health Secretary of the State, Dr. José Bustamante Moreno.

Premature births can occur due to various factors, but many of them can be avoided if the mother follows suitable prenatal care, such as seeing a doctor on at least five occasions during pregnancy, eats a balanced diet, does not increase weight more than one kilogram per month in gestation, exercises and has studies done such as ultrasound to check on the good development of the baby.

The head of the Agency, Dr. José Bustamante Moreno, indicated newborns are cared for in the NICU with integral medical service free of charge, as are tests for newborn screening, Pediatric Surgery in case of need, blood transfusions through the blood bank, clinical laboratory tests, imaging studies like ultrasounds, Pediatric Cardiac assessments, and 24-hour surveillance by doctors and nurses and specialists.

The approximate cost of a baby in a NICU in private medicine would be $1,500 US a day, covering medicines, equipment, supplies and hospitalization, but still to be adding are fees of staff physicians, which for a family’s scarce resources would be unaffordable and with their limited resources, families can count on this free benefit in general hospitals with the Popular Insurance.

For this reason, the state appeals to women who are pregnant to come to the medical institution of their choice to take proper prenatal control. Those who are planning to have a child should also prepare their body with vitamins and folic acid to have the optimal state of health for the baby.

With medical insurance, also treated were 48 new cases of children with cancers in the entire State, which was an investment of 4,886,000 pesos ($387,000 US) to deliver chemotherapy and all the medicines required.

Also attended to were 52 children with congenital malformations of different types, such as cardiology, sensory/motor and labiodental, which was an investment of 3,104,000 pesos ($246,000 US) and included surgery and rehabilitation of these children of the entity.

Bustamante Moreno indicated that this has been an investment without precedent in the public health of the entity that began 6 years ago. If the parents of all these children sought medical resources at their own cost, it would have caused a large hardship to the family economies. http://www.uniradioinforma.com/noticias/bajacalifornia/articulo168784.html

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