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Covid-19 evidenced the lack of capacity of the health system and increased private insurance contracting – El Occidental

Covid-19 evidenced the lack of capacity of the health system and increased private insurance contracting – El Occidental
Covid-19 evidenced the lack of capacity of the health system and increased private insurance contracting – El Occidental

The pandemic by Covid-19 transformed the mentality of many people and of the public and private health system itself, exposed Salvador Arceo FrancoCEO of Insurance Planthe first insurer specialized in health in Mexico.

This, because it revealed the health care network in the face of a collective emergency and the capacity of resources that each individual has to receive care in private hospitals and maintain their standard of living during the process, he reflected.

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According to his figures, the company he represents reported a 13% growth in its membership over the past year and the most contracted item for them was medical insurance, which today ranks number one in demand from its clients. .

Meanwhile, throughout the country, Plan Seguro reached 150,000 policyholders during the third semester of last year, while exclusively in Jalisco the company consolidated its services with 26,000 policyholders.

With these data, the insurer reached an investment amount of 863 million pesos in insurance premiums.

According to the insurance expert, the new scenario has also caused insurance companies to rethink their service schemes, to more forcefully promote those products that give the population greater peace of mind and certainty in terms of support to cover their needs. health at different levels.

“Today in Plan Seguro we promote the concept of Active Health through prevention and constant monitoring that allows the detection of diseases in a timely manner through plans that adapt to the moments and stages of people’s lives, which include the financial protection, but also some protection privileges and complements, which allow the insured to have benefits from the first day of contracting their plan”.

During the pandemic there was a break in care for some conditions

One issue that worries him, he said, is that as a result of the pandemic “there was a kind of recess in the care of some conditions. Many interventions and treatments carried out by our policyholders that were delayed precisely because of this well-taken precaution of not attending hospitals, so it was not so urgent.

The trend now is that the demand for services is increasing, for what was left pending and for a new mentality of dealing with aspects of prevention, added Arceo Franco.

However, although the number of insured grew, of the 120 million Mexicans, only 7 million have insurance for major medical expenses.

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“We believe that all this should raise even greater awareness about the financial support that having insurance of this type means, in the case of any condition. It is very sad to see families losing all their assets due to an illness they did not expect. Breast cancer treatment, to cite one case, can cost between 5 and 10 million pesos in the first year”.

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The article is in Spanish

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