BERNARDO RODRÍGUEZ-ITURBE, M.D.
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Venezuelans have a life expectancy of 65 years, and they are most likely to die from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, accidents, or from childhood diseases. Infant mortality represents 26.2% of the total death rate, and neonatal respiratory problems and gastroenteritis are the two major killers in this age group.
In 1977 the Ministry of Health (Public Health Department) of Venezuela will spend $552 600 000. This figure represents 7.2% of the national budget but is only one half to two thirds of the total official expenditure for health care. The remaining expenditure is by social-protection institutions funded jointly by the government
RODRÍGUEZ-ITURBE B. Venezuela: Health Care and Medical Education. Ann Intern Med. ;88:125–126. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-88-1-125
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;88(1):125-126.
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