With 750,000 dengue cases so far this year, Brazilians are angry over long waits for care and the failings of Brazil’s health care system.
The mosquito-borne disease has killed 229 people this year—up 45% from the same period last year. Officials blame the drought that prompted people to store water in buckets—creating an ideal breeding ground for dengue-bearing mosquitoes. But many Brazilians blame the government, claiming that Brazil’s promised universal healthcare system is underfunded and poorly managed.
The Quote: “’If this government stole less, I would have seen a doctor by now,’ said Raimunda da Costa, 52, prompting a chorus of agreement from a dozen others languishing in line.