Where Surgery is Difficult: Overcoming Barriers to Access in Chiapas, Mexico
Authors: Steve Reifenberg, Luke Maillie
Publication info: Keough School of Global Affairs, May 2021
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In rural Chiapas, Mexico, poor patients often struggle to accesss surgical care and other medical treatment, even though access is guaranteed by law under the Mexican constitution. This case examines an innovative approach developed by Compañeros en Salud to accompany patients from rural communities through the health care system. By walking with patients through each step of a complex system, the organization in turn gains insights to barriers that can be addressed in a more systemic fashion. The case also raises questions about scale and how lessons drawn from specific cases of accompaniment might be used to address systems problems.
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Reifenberg, Steve, and Luke Maillie. Where Surgery is Difficult: Overcoming Barriers to Access in Chiapas, Mexico. Keough School of Global Affairs Case Study Series. South Bend, IN: Keough School of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame, 2021. https://doi.org/10.7274/r0-ah86-8k39