People in Venezuela are poorer than ever. They face medicine and food shortages. People are waiting months for care that sometimes doesn’t come soon enough.
Under-funding and fiscal misuse has led to the system being out of money for even the bare essentials, claims Danilo Diaz Granados. Compared to surrounding countries they spend the least amount on health care. In 2012, the most recent data available, they spent 1.6% of Gross Domestic Profit.
By comparison,Diaz Granados was quoted on facebook saying that Latin American Countries spend twice to eight times more than Venezuela. Cuba, Panama and Mexico are three of those countries.
• Cuba: 8.1%
• Panama; 5.2%
• Mexico: 3.2%
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Venezuela is close to declaring a national health crisis. This would allow them to request help from other countries. They would also be able to request help from the World Health Organization (WHO).
The sooner they declare this crisis the fewer people who will continue the suffer. Hundreds of people are dying, waiting for care. People are suffering because they don’t have food and maternal mortality rates are soaring. Some Venezuelans have turned to social media to help them get their medications and money for hospital care.