Baja California Governor Marina Avila announced the introduction of a bill that seeks to protect the healthcare community and patients.

The bill, if enacted, would include up to six years in prison for those who are found without permits while holding surgeries.

Gov. Avila said the measure seeks to stop false healthcare professionals from operating and protecting the state that has become a world leader in healthcare tourism.

The proposal has been under consideration since January, but associations of healthcare professionals have questioned the bill.

Gov. Avila said the bill was introduced last week.

The governor assured the bill was requested from healthcare professionals in order to stop those without credentials from operating and affecting those certified.

The bill was discussed among legal counsel, public health staff and professionals.

State Secretary of Public Health Adrian Medina said the agency has increased enforcement efforts and assured permits will be suspended for up to five years for those found in violation.

“We seek to have clear rules for those who come to Baja California,” Sec. Medina said. “We held a census to know how many registered facilities there are and to have a clearer panorama of this situation.” State Commissioner to Protect against Sanitary Risks Erwin Areizaga said the agency has inspected 23 facilities.

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