Venezuela's economic crisis threatens healthcare system

Venezuelan health workers say the health industry is affected by a 98% shortage of drugs and medical supplies, and low salaries that push more and more doctors to leave the country.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Hospitals in Venezuela experience drastic shortages of medicines, equipment and personnel amid a punishing economic crisis.

Updated Feb 13, 2017

An ongoing economic crisis in Venezuela continues to hit the country’s health system. It has a devastating effect on those who urgently need medication.

The country’s downturn is ravaging its hospitals, threatening them with shortages of food, drugs, water and electricity.  

Hospitals have begun discharging and rejecting patients because they simply can't treat them.

TRT World ’s Juan Carlos reports.