Universal Health Insurance Budget Cuts and its Effect
on Birth Related Outcomes in Mexico

“Seguro Popular” is a universal coverage initiative started in 2002 in Mexico that offers public insurance to all citizens, giving free health care to the around half of the Mexican population. Previous research has found that “Seguro Popular” leads to increases in health care utilization and improves health outcomes. Starting in 2015 there were important budget adjustments that reduced the universal insurance coverage in Mexico. This paper estimates the impact that the unenrollment of “Seguro Popular” that followed these cuts had on birth related outcomes and mortality rates.

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