In his role with the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, Dr. Michael Parsa serves as an assistant professor and as the clerkship director of emergency medicine at Texas Tech University Health Science Center. Leveraging years of experience working in a foreign country, Dr. Michael Parsa is an integral part of El Paso’s medical community, which provides millions of dollars in healthcare services to area residents at no cost each year.
El Paso’s unique border location provides a stark comparison of the availability and accessibility of medical services in the United States and Mexico. A 2016 review of Mexico’s healthcare system conducted by The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reported that the percentage of the country’s population unable to afford health care services had declined to 0.8 percent from 3.3 percent 10 years earlier.
The review found improvement in key indicators, including deaths from heart attacks, infant mortality rates, and patient satisfaction due to the availability of affordable medical services. Additionally, efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle to the Mexican population, such as higher taxes on sugar and better food labeling, also have contributed to the country’s overall improvement in its healthcare system.