Mexico and Chile head for healthcare agreement:
This article was originally published in Clinica
The health ministers of Mexico and Chile have renewed their pledge to sign a healthcare agreement. During a recent meeting at the Mexican health service's headquarters in Mexico City, Dr Julio Frenk Mora and Dr Osvaldo Artaza Barrios expressed their aim of encouraging bilateral exchange of technical and scientific information and to promote joint projects in the field of healthcare management. Both countries are undergoing major healthcare reform: Chile's ambitious AUGE Plan appears to be succeeding despite strong opposition on economic grounds (see Clinica No 1020, p 13); the announcement of a Mexican healthcare plan is thought to be awaiting only political approval. The meeting comes a year after the two countries signed a statement of intent pledging to promote bilateral trade in areas affecting the healthcare industry (see Clinica No 972, p 10).