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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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