How to request a free oxygen tank at IMSS: the step-by-step process

IMSS has a program with which you can request an oxygen tank for free (Photo: Jorge Núñez / EFE)
IMSS has a program with which you can request an oxygen tank for free (Photo: Jorge Núñez / EFE)

In recent days, it has become known that many people have had difficulties in obtaining and filling oxygen tanks in Mexico City before him increased infections and hospitalizations in the country’s capital through COVID-19.

But Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) has a program called Home oxygen prescription, with which you can request an oxygen tank free of charge.

Anything the insured or retired patient may request this together with your personal physician at Family medical unit (UMF) corresponding to the working days of Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 14:00 in morning shift facilities and 14 hours to 20 hours in morning and evening shift units.

required documents to perform the procedure are:

National Health Card (original for comparison).

Original (for collation) and copy of:

Valid official identification.

Medical notes and prescription 4-30-128 / 72.

Reference-to-reference 4-30-8 / 98.

the applicant must be valid or during the retention period, ie in the next 8 weeks after not being listed on the IMSS (Photo: Sebastian Castañeda / Reuters)
the applicant must be valid or during the retention period, ie in the next 8 weeks after not being listed on the IMSS (Photo: Sebastian Castañeda / Reuters)

Before you go to UMA, you need to know that the applicant must be valid or during the retention period, ie within the next 8 weeks after it was not listed before IMSS. The patient and family will have to check if the doctor writes on the prescription of oxygen provides these points:

– Date of start and end of use.

– Debit (liters per minute).

– Frequency (continues to blink).

– Duration (Hours).

– Whether it is temporary or permanent.

– Schedule for the next endowment.

It is important to go to the appointment on the day and time indicated or to request medical assistance at home, so that you can receive a prescription (Photo: Gianni Bulacio / Reuters)
It is important to go to the appointment on the day and time indicated or to request medical assistance at home, so that you can receive a prescription (Photo: Gianni Bulacio / Reuters)

To receive oxygen intake is important go to the appointment on the day and time indicated, O seek medical attention at home so that the prescription is granted to you and thus you avoid the suspension of the service by the provider.

It’s important notify your family doctor or nurse office, in case:

– Release from treatment.

– Admission to the hospital’s medical unit.

– Change of address.

– The patient’s death.

For people who have the opportunity to buy an oxygen tank in CDMX, head of government, Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo, in his December 18 video conference, said the prices of the mentioned offer will be revised, because with the request there may be irregularities in your prices. for rent and sale.

Claudia Sheinbaum pointed out that the prices of oxygen tanks will be revised to avoid irregularities in rental and sale prices (Photo: CDMX)
Claudia Sheinbaum pointed out that the prices of oxygen tanks will be revised to avoid irregularities in rental and sale prices (Photo: CDMX)

Federal Consumer Prosecutor’s Office (Profeco) He is responsible for monitors and sanctions companies and firms that improperly manipulate prices of their products. It also has the mission to monitor compliance with the required quality standards. Sheinbaum stressed that he will work with the institution for find out or rule out unjustified growth of oxygen tanks offered by individuals.

Despite the efforts of the authorities, dozens of citizens of the capital have documented, from their social networks, waiting lines you have to make to get tanks and reload them.

On internet sales sites as well Free market, el the price of a 682 liter oxygen tank is located at 4,999 pesos. I also sell some kits for portable oxygen tanks whose price is 5,842 pesos.

In Mexico there are a total of 1,320,545 cases accumulated and 118,202 deaths directly related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus (Photo: Mario Jasso / Cuartoscuro)
In Mexico there are a total of 1,320,545 cases accumulated and 118,202 deaths directly related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus (Photo: Mario Jasso / Cuartoscuro)

Ministry of Health (SSa) reported on Sunday, December 20 that 6,870 new confirmed cases were registered compared to Saturday 19. In addition, in the same period of time, there was a increase of 326 deaths.

This means that, according to the federal agency’s technical report, in Mexico there are a total of 1,320,545 cases accumulated and 118,202 deaths directly related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, The same as arrived in Mexico on February 27 and was confirmed by the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases (INER) in Mexico City.

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