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Venezuela’s Economic Crisis Negatively Impacts Health Care System; Hospitals Experience Drug, Supply Shortages

Associated Press: A child’s scraped knee a life or death matter in Venezuela
“…If Venezuela has become dangerous for the healthy, it is now deadly for those who fall ill. One in three people admitted to public hospitals last year died, the government reports. The number of operational hospital beds has fallen by 40 percent since just 2014. And as the economy fails, the country is running short on 85 percent of medicines, according to the national drugstore trade group…” (Dreier, 10/4).

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