High school and college students will be able to receive medical services at the Mexican Institute of Social Security. Through the IMSS Youth Insurance strategy, efforts have been redoubled to ensure that all high school and college students at public institutions have health services. One of the goals is to incorporate seven million students.

Since 1987, students at these levels have been granted the right to the IMSS Sickness and Maternity Insurance, ratified in 1998. However, there are still barriers that prevent millions of young students from having real access to IMSS health services:

·        Unawareness. Millions of students do not even know they are entitled to receive health services from the IMSS.

·        The vast majority are not formally enrolled in the Social Security Institute.

·        The few who are enrolled do not have a booklet or know which clinic to attend. 

Since the beginning of this administration, efforts have been made to achieve universal access to health services; the goal is for no-one to be excluded from this protection.

Affiliation Keys

The IMSS Youth Insurance Strategy seeks to eliminate barriers to access and ensure that students are affiliated: 

1. With the support of local governments and the National Association of Universities and Institutes of Higher Education, ANUIES, high school and university students will be given the information required to enroll in the IMSS. 

2. Students’ incorporation will be facilitated. With their CURP and email address, they will be able to obtain their permanent social security number on the Internet, which will serve them throughout their academic and professional lives. 

3. With this affiliation number, students will be able to obtain their booklet and the location of their nearest clinic.

Three million students have been affiliated during the initial phase of this new scheme. In order to support and speed up this process, the IMSS will launch an extensive information campaign. 

Through IMSS Youth Insurance, students will be protected against illness and accidents, but will also have access to useful information on protecting their health and exercising their sexuality responsibly, in order to reverse the incidence of pregnancies among young students.