Health in Mexico - Statistics & Facts

Mexico is the second most populated country in Latin America and the Caribbean, after Brazil, and one of the largest healthcare markets in the Americas. With an estimated population of around 125 million inhabitants, Mexico is among the Latin American countries that invest the least in healthcare in relation to its gross domestic product. Even though health spending as a share of GDP has not gone lower than 5.5 percent between 2010 and 2016, the country’s per capita health expenditure lagged behind that of other emerging economies in the region, averaging 1,034 U.S. dollars per person per year in 2017.

Mexico has the second highest number of hospitals in Latin America, and nearly 287 thousand physicians made up the country’s health workforce in 2016. That same year, the number of practicing doctors per one thousand inhabitants in Mexico was estimated at 2.4, while nurse density stood at 2.9 per thousand of the population.

Regarding health risks in Mexico, the country had one of the highest prevalence of diabetes among adults in the world, with an estimated 12 million Mexicans suffering from this condition as of 2017. In addition, the share of Mexicans who were considered overweight or obese reached 64 percent in 2018. Mexico was also among the Latin American countries with the highest number of deaths due to air pollution exposure, counting over 30 thousand fatalities in 2016.

On a recent survey, more than half of respondents in Mexico stated they would like to do more for their health, while another survey revealed that only one quarter of health consumers in Mexico thought the quality of healthcare received in their country was good. One of the main reasons being that a large portion of the population was not able to afford healthcare costs.

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