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Underreported: Iraq's Health Care Meltdown

Thursday, July 12, 2007

What happens to the people who are gravely injured in the almost-daily attacks and bombings in Iraq? Iraq's health care system appears to be in a downward spiral. Hospital beds have been stolen, there are not enough medicines and equipment to go around, and some patients have even been murdered while in the hospital. Science writer Michael Mason traveled to Iraq to see firsthand what's happening in Iraq's health care system. His new article in the August issue of Discover magazine is "Iraq's Medical Meltdown."

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Comments [2]

Julie P. from NYC

I work in NYC with MDs trained in Iraq who have escaped to the U.S. They speak of great atrocities in Baghdad hospitals-- MDs threatened by insurgents and corrupt police and security forces who order physicians to divert what little precious medical resources are available for civilians, women and children, to instead treat mortally wounded insurgents. Resources are misused, directed away from patients who have a chance a survival; physicians are held at gunpoint and ordered to treat gravely injured insurgents when they refuse. Other patients are murdered in their beds. Physicians are brided to do this or kidnapped and held for ransom if they do not consent to insurgents' demands. Iraqi MDs are trapped in a hellish system; the US has failed to protect them and to properly rebuild and more importantly secure the Ministry of Health and its hospitals to ensure safe havens and appropriate medical care for the Iraqi people.

Jul. 12 2007 01:15 PM
Ken Cooper from NJ

I don't believe this guy. He says that Sadr runs security in the hospitals.. and then he says that one hospital has security run by a former Hussein official. He talks about conditions in hospitals he has never visited. Give me a break.

Jul. 12 2007 12:19 PM

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