Since August 2011, the company offers five services in its pilot clinic, covering 85% of eye care illnesses:
In 2012, salaUno will also offer corneal transplants. Cataracts surgery is the backbone of the model – the most affordable of salaUno´s solutions for this condition is offered at 1/3 of market price of eye care hospitals in Mexico. This price is possible because the company has introduced small incision cataract surgeries (SICS) to Mexico, and operates under a high volume model, taking advantage of economies of scale. SICS offers excellent medical results at a fraction of the cost. It is widely used in developing countries and is superior in several clinical and economical aspects to traditional extra-capsular surgeries, which currently accounts for 50% of cataract surgeries performed in Mexico. SalaUno will focus on eye care until at least 2016.
In addition to utilizing a high volume model, the program has also partnered with a local cinema who has agreed to provide 100 free surgeries per month. Due to minimal information being provided at the local level regarding the problems of cataracts and needless blindness, the clinic conducts weekend campaigns to provide free screenings for eye problems in villages, completely free of cost.
In May 2012, salaUno was certified as a public health provider for the Seguro Popular (a public insurance for low-income/self-employed individuals) and has already operated more than 30 individuals through this scheme.
Currently operating one pilot clinic, salaUno plans to open 5 satellite clinics by end of 2012.