Poor health care kills more lifes than the lack of it

A relative goes to a hospital because he has a pain. The doctor is not able to make a correct diagnosis or does not have the necessary material to treat him. As a consequence, he dies. He has had access to a doctor, but the result has been the same as if he had not.

According to a study coordinated by the professor of Global Health at Harvard Margaret E. Kruk, poor medical care kills five million people per year, and the lack thereof, to 3.6 million. The report published in The Lancet has collected 2016 data from 137 countries. In total, 8.6 million avoidable deaths, eight times more than those caused by HIV-AIDS.

“For years the strategy has been designed to promote health coverage and people use it, but now we find that people go to the clinic and have these kinds of results, which is a waste of time and confidence of the people. patients, “says Kruk in a telephone conversation.

The number of deaths attributed to poor health care accounts for 58% of deaths in the countries analyzed. “The expansion of health coverage remains essential, but if it is not accompanied by quality measures, universal health will be a myth without meaning,” says the editorial of The Lancet. “The health system should be a matter of State, not just the Ministry of Health,” reaffirms the researcher.

Less than a year ago , the international community debated in the UN Assembly about the goal of sustainable development marked for 2030: universal coverage. This study comes to focus not only on the quantity, but also on the quality. Even then, Chris Elias, president of Global Health of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, stressed that you can not invest money blindly, that you have to rely on reliable measurements.

Of the 8.6 million, three million deaths due to deficiency or lack of medical coverage are concentrated in the South Asian region, of which almost two are due to poor care. This is due to two simple reasons: it is the area that combines more population and more access to the health system. I

n most of the cases analyzed in the report, the staff did not have the knowledge or equipment to properly care for patients with cardiovascular problems, followed by those suffering from ailments for which there is already a vaccine and problems of the neonates. Half of the deaths were due to multiple causes such as tuberculosis, traffic accidents, problems in childbirth and HIV-AIDS.

Conrad Evans

Conrad Evans is a seasoned journalist with nearly 10 years experience. While studying journalism at UCLA,  Conrad found a passion for finding engaging stories. As a contributor to Herald Keepers, Conrad mostly covers state and national developments.

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