• The president instructed Director General Mikel Arriola to further consolidate the IMSS Digital project, since it provides more efficient service for the population.

As he led the closing ceremony of the 107th Ordinary General Assembly of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) today, President Enrique Peña Nieto, thanked the IMSS, its 430,000 workers and those who form part of its Assembly, “For the progress and achievement this great institution is having for the good of Mexico”.

He said that “As Mexicans, we should feel very proud of this great institution that belongs to all of us. This great institution serves three out of five Mexicans in terms of health care and the pension they receive”.

"That is the scope of this great institution of our country, making it the largest Social Security Institute in Latin America. There is no other institute quite like it,” he said.

He noted that the IMSS, “Has been strengthened by various policies adopted since the beginning of this administration,” and in order to continue advancing, he instructed its Director General, Mikel Arriola, to further consolidate the digital IMSS project.

He said that, “This will provide more efficient service for the insured population and allow us to guarantee what the Social Security Institute provides: good health care, care for the insured population and quality of life for all of them”.

The president explained that the new format of the 107th Assembly breaks with tradition: “It now has a more open format that projects this transformation particularly through these digital innovation processes  that the Social Security Institute is promoting”. He declared that, among many aspects worth highlighting, today, in comparison with 2012, just four years ago, “72 percent of its procedures have been digitalized. Three out of four Social Security procedures can now be done digitally through the Internet.”

“That is one way to fight corruption and prevent intermediaries. It is a safe, direct way to carry out a large number of procedures on the Internet”.

He explained that the burden of the proof of life procedure for senior citizens, who used to have to go to the Social Security Institute in person to prove that they were still alive and eligible to continue receiving their pension, now falls on the Social Security Institute and is renewed digitally. He said that both medical appointments and the payment of company quotas can be arrange on the Internet, “And it is no longer necessary to go to the Social Security Institute in person”.

The president of Mexico said that the IMSS has streamlined its services. "The Social Security Institute’s attitude towards its beneficiaries has also improved significantly”. PREVENIMSS is a prevention-oriented care model adopted by other social security and health sector institutions, he explained.

The president highlighted the coordination and team work between the Health Secretary, the ISSSTE Director and the Social Security Director and the Armed Forces and PEMEX health institutions, among others.

The president recalled the Social Security Institute’s financial condition in 2012, at the beginning of this administration, and the fact that it had to draw heavily on its reserves to give it financial viability. He said that, “The streamlining of its services, spaces, and policies to generate savings has reduced the use of its reserves to just 28 percent”.

“In other words, the Institute’s operating deficit, which used to force it to use 72 percent of its reserves, has been reduced, and today, I think we are en route to ensuring greater financial viability for this great institution”.

He said that, “Since the number of jobs created so far during this Administration is higher than in any previous government: 2,330,000 jobs,” this means higher revenues and higher income for the Institute of the order of 37 percent.

“This government,” he continued, “has established conditions to attract productive investment and be a major facilitator of investment and it is precisely entrepreneurs and business people who are creating jobs through these investments. And today we are reaching this landmark figure of jobs registered with the Social Security Institute, which allows it to have higher revenues, more revenue, and institutional reinforcement”.

This is the framework for the investment plan to improve medical infrastructure through 12 hospitals and more health care clinics, which includes, “20 billion pesos for this purpose” he explained.

The number of places at its day care centers will significantly increase from 10,000 to 25,000. "This is good news for working mothers, who can now entrust the care and protection of their children to the day care centers in the Social Security Institute”.

He added that as a result of the social vocation of the Social Security Institute, “It not only attends its insured population, but has extended its services and shown its social face and social commitment”. Over 400 clinics have been opened in, “The remotest parts of our national territory, where there is great awareness and great social vocation on the part of the doctors and nurses in the Social Security Institute, which, through medical days, are supporting the most vulnerable population”.

He concluded by saying, “We have made great strides, but we want more”.

At the event, President Peña Nieto awarded the “IMSS Prize for Competitiveness” to María Dolores García Castillo, Director of the Family Medical Unit No.  77 in Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas; Alma Laura Hernández Avila, Director of the Daycare Center No. 22 in Mexico City, and Abdon Montoya Ponce, Director of the IMSS Nursing School in Tijuana, Baja California.

He also presented the Leadership Prize to Dr. Felipe Cruz Vega.

THE FINANCIAL VIABILITY OF THE IMSS IS GUARANTEE UNTIL 2019: MIKEL ARRIOLA PEÑALOSA

Director General of the IMSS Mikel Arriola Penalosa indicated the significant progress that has been achieved in health during the present administration through the agenda promoted by President Enrique Peña Nieto to improve the country’s health services.

 “In the IMSS, we now attend 74 million beneficiaries, 18.6 million policy holders, provide 500,000 consultations, serve 205,000 children at day care centers, attend 1,244 births a day, and pay 3.2 million pensioners their monthly pension in a timely manner. We also provide150,000 distance consultations a day,” he said.

The IMSS Director reported that in 2012, “The financial viability of the IMSS was guaranteed until 2014 because the reserves had been depleted whereas at present, the financial viability of the institute is ensured until 2019.

“It means that we are doing well, we want to achieve more, but this is a story that counts and says a lot,” he concluded.

ALTHOUGH IT IS VERY STRONG, WE MUST TAKE CARE OF SOCIAL SECURITY AS THOUGH IT WERE A NEWBORN BABY: CARLOS ACEVES DEL OLMO

Speaking on behalf of the labor sector, Secretary General of the Workers’ Confederation of Mexico (CTM) Carlos Aceves del Olmo said that although the IMSS is very strong as a result of the actions taken in this administration, it must be looked after as though it were a “newborn baby”.

He stressed that the thousands of workers in this labor union and other unions, use the services of this Institute; "There is no one that does not use the Social Security Institute”.

He thanked President Enrique Peña Nieto for looking after the IMSS, and reported that all those who are fond of this organization will continue taking care of it. “The Social Security Institute does miracles every day. It opens its door, with 430,000 workers, who are angels. What they do gives life to the country. Let us Imagine a day without social insurance in this country. Just one day,” said Aceves del Olmo.

the MEXICO OF TODAY CALLS FOR THE committed, responsible participation of the three sectors that FORM part of the IMSS: ENRIQUE SOLANA SENTÍES

Meanwhile, on behalf of employers, President of the Confederation of Chambers of Commerce, Services and Tourism (CONCANACO-SERVYTUR) Enrique Solana Sentíes said that the Mexico of today calls for the committed, responsible participation of the three sectors that form part of the IMSS. Since it is a crucial instrument in the country’s social security, it is essential to ensure its strengthening and transformation.

This, said the representative of the country's entrepreneurs, is designed to ensure that millions of workers continue to receive the services to which they are entitled, and gradually achieve the financial sustainability required by this important institution.

He said the Institute responds to the evolution of its reality and its environment by channeling the concerns for institutional protection, health and livelihoods of the working class and their families, while promoting the expansion of protected groups,” such as students.

"The increase in productivity, the promotion transparency, efficient spending and the promotion of the fulfillment of the obligations of all stakeholders in the Institute, together with the strengthening of the institutional infrastructure and equipment, will contribute to the adequate, effective delivery of services by the Institute,” said Enrique Solana.