ACI Prensa Staff, Jul 25, 2023 / 16:30 pm
The archbishop of Concepción in Chile, Fernando Chomali, shared a reflection on the crisis in the public health care system in the country, where in the first four months of 2023 nearly 10,000 people died while waiting for medical attention.
The Diario Concepción newspaper published the archbishop’s reflection under the headline “10,000 people died waiting,” which exposes the injustice of a health care system that doesn’t serve the poor.
During the first four months of this year, 9,139 patients in the public system have died in Chile while waiting for a consultation with a medical specialist.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many diagnoses and treatments were put on hold or patients received poor care. This especially affected patients with oncological and cardiovascular diseases, which today constitute the leading causes of death.