Utilization of hospital services for cancer care in Mexico

Juan Eugenio Hernández-Ávila, Lina Sofía Palacio-Mejía, Leonel González-González, Evangelina Morales-Carmona, Lucino Iván Espín-Arellano, Julián Alfredo Fernández-Niño, Alejandro Mohar-Betancourt, Mauricio Hernández-Ávila

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Objective: To analyze the utilization of hospital services for cancer care by location, sex, age group and care institution in Mexico from 2004-2013. Materials and methods: Time series study from 2004-2013, based on administrative records of hospital discharges for cancer in the health sector, including the private sector. Results: The utilization rate increased significantly from 290 to 360 per 100 000 inhabitants. A total of 62% of hospital discharges related to malignant tumors were concentrated in eight types of cancer. Leukemia, breast and colorectal cancers almost doubled in the period. While lung cancer showed a decline among men, it increased among women. A total of 63.1% of cancer patients were women, and 81% of cases occurred in the public sector. From 2011, the Ministry of Health was the main provider of hospital services for cancer care. Conclusions: Increases in utilization were mainly found in the Ministry of Health, quite possibly as a result of the implementation of universal insurance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-152
Number of pages11
JournalSalud Publica de Mexico
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Health services
  • Mexico
  • Neoplasm
  • Patient discharge
  • Utilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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