Buried amidst gripping accounts of the events in Egypt, there was a well written piece in last Sunday’s New York Times about Seguro Popular, the Mexican Universal Health Insurance Scheme. The plan, which was introduced in 2003, had as the explicit goal from the outset to provide universal coverage to the millions of low and middle income Mexicans who lacked health insurance.

Coming off a years where there was so much focus on efforts to expand access to health insurance globally, I thought the piece providing some good food for thought about the real challenges – and this in a country that would be considered relatively well compared to many countries which are currently trying to address this issue.

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