National Emergency

Mexico declared diabetes a national health emergency last year, with 13 million adults affected. But the country’s fractured health care system hinders the response to the complex problem, some experts say.
 
Only about half of Mexicans with diabetes have a diagnosis, and providers are not well equipped to help patients manage the chronic disease. Meanwhile, Mexicans are burdened with out-of-pocket health care costs, and some don’t get care because they don’t know they’re covered by health insurance.
 
Health officials hope a 2-year-old nationwide tracking system will help them pinpoint areas of diabetes care that need improvement and then take action.
 
Source: WHO Bulletin

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