reports that it's not healthy to be sick in Venezuela
The way things stand, medicine in Venezuela runs the risk of returning to pre-modern times.
The Venezuelan regime, which follows the ideological path set out by
the late Hugo Chávez, generally views the medical community as an
adversary of its Bolivarian revolution. Under this prism, private
healthcare becomes a mere manifestation of usury, and the government
regularly issues threats about an impending expropriation.
Representatives of the private sector (although the shortages also
affect public hospitals) on Tuesday asked President Nicolás Maduro to
declare a humanitarian emergency in Venezuela.
Not that anybody in power cares;
A day after this request by medics, the Venezuelan government played
down the gravity of the situation. Gabriela Ramírez, the ombudswoman and
a former deputy for the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), the
party in power, called the doctors’ claims “disproportionate” and said
that the government is in talks with all parties involved.
“All of this has been the subject of dialogue, the communication
channels have been open,” said Ramírez in an televised interview. “The
state of emergency cannot replace permanent dialogue or information
about the drugs that affect various types of patients, especially those
with chronic conditions.”
Venezuelans should just get over it
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