2022, Supplement 3
Cardiovasc Metab Sci 2022; 33 (S3)
The mexican health-care system and high blood pressure
ABSTRACTHigh blood pressure (HBP) is the most prevalent risk factor in the Mexican population. The Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) has more than 69 million recorded affiliated populations. HBP is the second most important disease that financially impacts the IMSS. It has been estimated that the cost to treat HBP is 52,284 million Mexican pesos, which is only exceeded by diabetes and cancer. HBP represents a financial burden and reinforces the need to focus on promoting healthy lifestyles, prevention, timely detection, and treatment adherence. Some studies have shown costly-effective interventions, especially when standardization of treatment protocols, risk-based treatments, and task sharing with healthcare providers. The Comprehensive Care Protocol is one of the first strategies for health services in Mexico that includes evidence-based, multidisciplinary activities within all care settings, particularly the primary one for the treatment of HBP, which is discussed in length in this paper.