The blunders that always accompany economic central planning are rife in Venezuela's health care sector
In Venezuela, there are 302 hospitals and 4,618 outpatient facilities.
The patient capacity in those hospitals is 45,000 beds, but only 24,000
beds approximately are currently suitable for use, according to the
Medical Societies Network.
According to Provea's 2013 report on healthcare, 69% of the operating
rooms and 52% of the beds of the 10 most important hospitals in the
Metropolitan Area are out of service.
Inauguration of 10 hospitals over 2013 had been announced, but only four
hospitals were actually completed. And, out of those four hospitals,
three were unable to operate as a result of being short-staffed, not
having suitable technology, and lacking medical supplies.
Not because the central planners are ignorant of the problems;
In January 2013, President Maduro launched Mission Efficiency, aimed at
following up on projects throughout the country, including those
involving the health sector. As many as 512 audits were conducted, and
findings show that construction works that had begun in 2010 in six
specialized hospitals in five states came to a standstill.
Medical materials and supplies
Shortage of medical supplies and materials in public healthcare
facilities throughout the country has reached 50%, according to the
Medical Societies Network. Last month alone, shortage rose by 10%, so
the actual total next month could very well reach 60%.
Nor is the system free of crime;
Four security plans have been implemented since 2007 to address crimes
perpetrated within hospital premises. Cooperatives, community police
forces, the Dibese Plan run by militia members and intelligent
patrolling services have been in place, but thefts and murders continue
to take place in healthcare facilities, also plagued by the presence of
Since 2009, murders have taken place within the walls of healthcare
establishments. Some are committed by armed bands. Gunfights among
criminal groups have also occurred. So far in 2014, incidents have been
reported at University Clinical Hospital, Perez Carreño Hospital, and
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