Venezuela has a lot of things going for it, but its lack of a universal healthcare system
Posted On August 19, 2021
Venezuela has been suffering from a public health emergency for several months, but now its finally coming to a conclusion with a new healthcare law that allows its citizens to access basic healthcare and to buy basic goods and services.
The new law, dubbed the “Social Trade” law, is a key part of the socialist-led Bolivarian socialist government’s plans to improve healthcare in Venezuela.
“Today we have passed a law which will transform the lives of Venezuelans,” Maduro said in a televised speech on Monday.
Venezuela’s economy is suffering from severe shortages of medicines and other basic goods, with Maduro blaming US sanctions for causing shortages.
While the new law allows Venezuelans to buy more basic goods in supermarkets and pharmacies, the healthcare law will allow people to access free healthcare, free medical tests, and free treatment.
There are currently 1.3 million Venezuelans in need of healthcare in the country, according to the UNICEF.
According to a report published by the Center for Health Systems Analysis at the University of Miami, more than 1 million Venezuelas are still not receiving any basic healthcare services.
“Today, I am announcing a new law that will transform healthcare for all of us,” Maduro told supporters at the presidential palace in Caracas on Sunday.
“I want to assure you that we will not allow Venezuela to become a country of poverty.
And we will continue to do everything possible to provide a safe, free, and healthy healthcare for our people,” Maduro added.
This is the first time in history that a new social law has been enacted by the Bolivarians government, and Maduro has been calling for a new health law since January.
Last year, Maduro said that the new social trade law would help ease the burden on Venezuela’s poorest citizens and provide more affordable healthcare for the country’s youth.
But many people in Venezuela are still waiting for the new healthcare system, which is only being implemented for the first few months of 2017.
Maduro has been criticized for not doing enough to address the shortages of basic goods as a result of the US sanctions.
In the wake of Maduro’s inauguration as president in June, the Maduro administration announced a new round of food aid to the poor in Venezuela in early December, but many Venezuelans were still waiting to see if they would be able to receive the help.
A government source told the Wall Street Journal on Monday that some of the food aid was not being distributed until January because the Venezuelan government did not receive all of the necessary permits from the UN and the World Food Program (WFP).
While many Venezuelas have been able to access healthcare and basic goods during the first half of 2017, the shortage has worsened since then.
Despite the shortages, Maduro has maintained that his socialist-run government is able to meet the needs of the Venezuelan people.
On Tuesday, Maduro announced that Venezuela’s first-ever free medical clinic opened in Caracol, the countrys capital, as a first step towards improving the healthcare system in the state.
More than 700 people have taken advantage of the free clinic and doctors have been trained to perform basic surgeries.
However, there have been no results from government and UN inspections to date.
When Maduro announced the clinic, he was hailed as a great success by the people of Venezuela.
In December, a group of Venezuelas protested outside the presidential residence in Caractan to protest against the lack of healthcare services in Venezuela, the WSJ reported.
Earlier this month, the UN released a report that said there is a need for a universal and free healthcare system that can help all Venezuelans, the BBC reported.