This headline is a bit more chilling today than it was a few days ago. America faces a long future with socialized medicine. This is where it leads.
(CNN)President Nicolas Maduro said he has asked the United Nations for help in dealing with Venezuela’s medicine shortages, which have grown severe as the country grapples with a crippling economic crisis.
[…]The country is lacking roughly 80% of the basic medical supplies, according to the Pharmaceutical Federation of Venezuela.Hundreds of health care workers and other Venezuelans staged protests this month demanding better access to medicine and health treatment. Many of the protesters brought prescriptions for medicines that they said they can’t buy at local pharmacies.Last year, the opposition-led National Assembly in Venezuela declared a “humanitarian crisis” in the health care system.CNN visited a hospital in Caracas and found that health care workers believed medicine was being swiped to be sold on the black market. Government rationing of medications has made even basics, such as pain relievers, hard to come by.For years, Venezuelans have had to hunt for penicillin and other remedies at pharmacies, often without success. Public hospitals are in no better shape, with people dying due to the scarcity of basic medical care.