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Historia Publication logo Agosto 17, 2023

Ask and Pay to Live (Spanish)

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This is Prodavinci’s in-depth coverage relating to the myth of public and free health care in...

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An English summary of this report is below. The original report, "Pedir y pagar para vivir," published in Spanish by Prodavinci, follows.

In Venezuela's public hospitals, you have to pay. Expenses range from making copies to fill out a medical history to thousands of dollars worth of tests. Venezuelan law states that health services are free, but the reality for Venezuelans is very different. Waiting times for surgeries can last months or years, and they often depend on patients paying for medicines and supplies, some as basic as gloves and white sheets.

A Prodavinci team collected stories from family members and patients, their bills and purchases, and determined that even common pathologies and medical procedures in the public health system can represent a catastrophic expense. The shortage of supplies does not only affect patients: Health workers work in public hospitals with no supplies and under conditions that put them at risk.

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