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May 5, 2017

How Technology Can Make Healthcare Widely Accessible In Latin America

Posted by Claudio Elsas (View Profile | View All Posts) at 4:41 AM

How Technology Can Make Healthcare Accessible To All In Latin America
How Technology Can Make Healthcare Accessible To All In Latin America

Access to healthcare in Latin America has been increasing since the 1990s. However, day-to-day delivery of medical services still needs improvement. 30 percent of the population does not have access to healthcare and not many countries in the region meet international indicators on doctor-to-patient ratio. On an average, the region spends only 6.7 percent of its GDP on healthcare.

More recently, the Zika virus has taken a heavy toll on Latin America. The World Health Organization expects the virus to infect anywhere from 3 to 4 million people by 2017. An impact assessment by the United Nations Development Programme estimates the socio-economic costs of this mosquito-borne disease to be between US$7-18 billion from 2015 and 2017.

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