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Revista Cubana de Salud Pública

versión impresa ISSN 0864-3466versión On-line ISSN 1561-3127


SANTOS PADRON, Hilda  y  LIMON MERCADO, Natalí. The right to health in the new Comprehensive Health Care Model in Mexico. Rev Cubana Salud Pública [online]. 2018, vol.44, n.3, e930. ISSN 0864-3466.


In Mexico, the constitutional right to health has always been recognized as one of the most important social human rights, always endorsed in the reforms of the national health system and from which different models of health care were derived.


To confirm the ethical-legal validity of this right to health and its effective exercise in the new Comprehensive Health Care Model.

Data sources:

24 national and international documents were reviewed such as Laws, Rules, Resolutions, Reports of International Organizations and World Summits. In addition, six articles published in Spanish from 1980 to 2014 were selected, and those were all related with the right to health and the models of health care.

Data syntesis:

In the new model of health care presented by the Health Secretariat of Mexico in 2015, it is established that there will be strategies which secure the fulfillment of the right to protect the health. This right should be objectively enforced with this new model, and also to reach high levels of coverage and to secure an efficient and effective access to the health services provided. Equity was added as one of the principles of the model, but it is admitted that still exist gaps to accomplish universal coverage and effective accessibility of vulnerable social groups.


The implementation of the new Comprehensive Health Care Model (that was carried out recently in several federative entities of the country) offers the chance to ensure the right to health for all Mexicans and this is recognized as a human right.

Palabras clave : Right to health; health care model; equity; universal coverage and accessibility.

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