Second Public Procurement Review of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS)

Reshaping Strategies for Better Healthcare

This review highlights achievements of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, IMSS) in a number of areas – human resources, technological capacities and relations with suppliers – which were previously identified by the OECD as pivotal for the successful reform of IMSS procurement operations. This report highlights the progress made and offers recommendations to support IMSS in achieving procurement excellence and fulfilling its mandate to provide the best possible, most cost-effective healthcare services to citizens.

Published on January 10, 2018Also available in: Spanish

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Executive summary
Public procurement in the context of Mexico's health challenges
Human and technological capital, enablers of strategic public procurement: Progress made and existing opportunities3 chapters available
Strengthening the capabilities of IMSS procurement staff
Relying on comprehensive information to inform public procurement decisions at IMSS
Shifting IMSS contract management from supplier compliance to performance
The way forward to procurement excellence3 chapters available
Fostering stakeholder engagement in the procurement of health services at IMSS
Rethinking IMSS procurement strategies to maximise efficiency and sustainability
Safeguarding integrity and managing risks in IMSS procurement
Leveraging on IMSS procurement power to achieve broader policy objectives2 chapters available
Assessing the impact of IMSS procurement on national policies
Unlocking the potential for innovation in the Mexican health system through public procurement
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Key recommendations

IMSS should continue to develop a skilled and motivated procurement workforce able to carry out complex procurement operations efficiently.
IMSS could use data better to inform decisions, starting with the consistent and structured collection of procurement information from all its entities.
IMSS could improve the quality of its healthcare services through better supplier management, for example shifting from ensuring compliance to promoting performance.