Latin American Economy & Business - March 2019

Venezuela: Health crisis threatens regional economies

The Venezuelan healthcare system has collapsed in recent years as a severe economic crisis has struck a nation that was previously one of the wealthiest in the region. An estimated three million people have left the country to escape spiralling poverty and crime, provoking a migration crisis in the region as neighbouring countries struggle to deal with the influx, and a February 2019 article in British medical journal The Lancet sets out the extra pressures these migrants place on public health systems in receiving countries.

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