Description of Innovation

Diabetes is the second most common cause of death in Mexico and rates of diagnosis are increasing. However, diabetes care in Mexico is expensive, inconvenient, and inaccessible to 90% of the population.

Clinicas del Azúcar is a one-stop shop, providing easy access to an array of services for patients with diabetes. Patients receive care at successive diabetes “stations,” where the provider deploys evidence-based care algorithms that assess the patient’s readiness to change and disease experience, modifying the message at subsequent stations based on patient response. Fixed-cost membership fees make care available to more people at a reduced cost by allowing patients to plan for the cost of care and the clinic to spread costs across members; facilitated diabetes support groups help patients manage their care. 

Clínicas del Azúcar is piloting their first clinic and plans to open 50 more clinics in 5 years. The first clinic provided care to 400 patients in 2 months and is projected to reduce the annual cost of care by more than 70% and the waiting and consulting time by up to 80%.