Two years ago, when I was told that national healthcare insurance was now mandatory, I started looking for the cheapest health plan that would prevent me from being penalized. None of them were cheap – at least not for a full-time student working part-time. Right there and then, I wished we had a national healthcare system like the one in México. I always thought that having a government-funded healthcare system was the one thing that the Mexican government had done right. The Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) was founded in 1943, and according to its website, their mission is to “offer healthcare from the best medical professionals in the country and Latin America for the welfare of the Mexican society, with quality and kindness.”
Those last two words are the ones that bother me.