Socialist medicine on parade in Venezuela: Here’s what happens when government runs health care

Friday, August 28, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: Ethan A. Huff
Friday, August 28, 2015

Free healthcare for everyone isn’t working so well in the socialist medicine utopia of Venezuela. A new documentary report by photojournalist Betty Zapata reveals rampant filth, lack of resources and medicine, grossly underpaid doctors, and all-around chaos at public health clinics and hospitals throughout this South American oil-exporting nation.

Established using some of the massive wealth accumulated from its $1.9 trillion in oil exports, Venezuela’s public health system is a product of the late Hugo Chavez’ visionary goals for ending poverty. Since his death, though, the system has deteriorated into Third World squalor, where even basic sanitation practices are no longer followed, putting everyone at risk.

“Often, there’s no soap, no bags, no gloves to take out human waste,” stated one healthcare worker in anonymity. “We put used needles into empty bottles. That’s how we get rid of them.”

The full, five-minute documentary report is available here:

Only one hospital bed available for every 1,900 Venezuelans; medicine available at one-third the amount needed

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