‘Breakbone Fever’ Breaking Brazil’s Health System

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.


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