HEALTH

People suffer, die in months-long waiting list for surgery in Venezuela hospitals
In 2014 the death rate among discharged patients across Venezuela was 2.5 for every 100. In 2015, the number jumped to almost 32 for every 100 — a 1,156 percent increase. And death is not the only problem these patients face, since some who survive end up with serious complications and collateral problems that could have been prevented.
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Pedro Merchan had to wait four months for a back surgery. Now he can't walk and needs intense rehab.
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Most patients are hospitalised in common areas
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Most doors at the hospital are deteriorated as happens with the furniture
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The women bathroom has broken doors and is "contaminated" according to a sign on the door
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Just one elevator is working at Caracas' University Hospital
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Some bathroom don't have doors and they were changed by curtains.
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Most doors at the hospital are deteriorated as happens with the furniture
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The doors and walls of the hospital reveal the deterioration of the building
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The University Hospital is located at Venezuela's Central University. The front of the building is also deteriorated
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People suffer, die in months-long waiting list for surgery in Venezuela hospitals

In 2014 the death rate among discharged patients across Venezuela was 2.5 for every 100. In 2015, the number jumped to almost 32 for every 100 — a 1,156 percent increase. And death is not the only problem these patients face, since some who survive end up with serious complications and collateral problems that could have been prevented.

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