n Latin American Report - Dangerous prescription - a new study indicates that corruption has infected Latin America's public hospitals : IDB news

Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-6060



Can corruption be harmful to your health? Consider the following scenario. A woman arrives at the emergency room of a large public hospital complaining of acute abdominal pain. She spends four hours in the waiting room because two of the physicians who are supposed to be on duty are actually working at private clinics. By the time she is finally examined, her condition has become life threatening and requires a potent antibiotic and several specialized tests. The hospital's pharmacy records indicate that the antibiotic is in stock, but the doctor in charge is told that supplies have inexplicably disappeared. The woman's relatives are informed that they must pay a special fee to obtain the medication from another source. They are also told that the diagnostic tests she requires can only be performed at a private hospital in another part of town.

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