Photos of the Day: Venezuela's Crippled Healthcare

Wed, 11/06/2013 - 12:07pm
The Associated Press

Venezuela's 1999 constitution guarantees free universal health care to Venezuelans, who sit on the world's largest proven oil reserves. President Nicolas Maduro's government insists it's complying. Yet of the country's 100 fully functioning public hospitals, nine in 10 have just 7 percent of the supplies they need, Natera said.

Read: Doctors Say Venezuela's Health Care in Collapse

This Oct. 23, 2013 photo shows a storage room at the Central Hospital in Maracay,Venezuela. Legions of ailing Venezuelans are being neglected by a national health care system that doctors say is now collapsing after months of steady deterioration caused by funding shortfalls, numbing inflation and currency controls. Almost everything needed to mend and heal is in critically short supply: the needles, syringes and paraffin used in biopsies to diagnose cancer; the drugs to treat it; operating room equipment; X-ray film and imaging paper; blood and the reagents needed so it can be used for transfusions. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

In this Oct. 23, 2013 photo, a doctor pulls up a mattress cover to show the condition of a hospital bed's cushion, at the Central Hospital in Maracay,Venezuela. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos) (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

This Oct 30, 2013 photo shows the inside of a damaged refrigerated storage area at the blood bank in Caracas, Venezuela. A year ago, the blood bank was open for 12 hours every day. Now, it only takes donations on weekday mornings. Its funding for January and half of February didn’t arrive until September. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

This Oct 23, 2013 photo shows a patient at rest at the Central Hospital in Maracay,Venezuela.  (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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