Venezuela and Healthcare


If you are up for a sad read then go this article in the Wall Street Journal.  It talks about how bad Venezuela healthcare system is:

Of all the myriad crises in Venezuela, none has so shattered the illusion of a government able to provide for its people than the collapse of health care. Interviews with more than 100 doctors, patients, medical industry personnel and former Health Ministry officials, as well as guided tours of public hospitals in three states, paint a picture of a system in crisis.

People are literally trying to find their own surgical supplies to get operations.  Right now, their healthcare is fully run by the government and only costs 1.6% of the GDP.   Ours is about 19%.  Though we spend waaaaaaay too much because of predatory hospital and insurance charges it does make you wonder whether you get what you pay for.   Just saying.

Okay, go ahead and rip me.


Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “Venezuela and Healthcare

  1. MACF
    March 22, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Countries were corruption, demagogy and cronism is the norm are no source for comparison whathever system they claim to embrace.

    I would suggest that you look into the health care systems of those countries recognized of having the best standard of living in the world.

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