Yesterday Peru healthcare, today we go healthcare vigilante on Venezuela because Frank Bajak of Associated Press (one of the best reporters in LatAm, by the way) has filed a great report on the state of Venezuela’s hospitals system. You can (and darned well should) read the whole thing by clicking this link. Here’s how it kicks off:
MARACAY, Venezuela (AP) — Evelina Gonzalez was supposed to undergo cancer surgery in July following chemotherapy but wound up shuttling from hospital to hospital in search of an available operating table. On the crest of her left breast, a mocha-colored tumor doubled in size and now bulges through her white spandex tank top.Gonzalez is on a list of 31 breast cancer patients waiting to have tumors removed at one of Venezuela’s biggest medical facilities, Maracay’s Central Hospital. But like legions of the sick across the country, she’s been neglected by a health care system doctors say is collapsing after years of deterioration.Doctors at the hospital sent home 300 cancer patients last month when supply shortages and overtaxed equipment made it impossible for them to perform non-emergency surgeries.