Health Alert Rio de Janeiro Brazil: Attending Olympics, lack of health and emergency services

Posted on January 17, 2016 • Filed under: Brazil, Latin America, Travel Health, Travel News reported Olympic fans have been warned there will be no hospital beds for them if they get sick during Rio 2016 after a cash shortage plunged the city into a healthcare crisis.

Some major hospitals have been forced to close their doors while even the most seriously ill patients cannot be admitted because of a funding shortfall that has meant a daily deficit of 150 beds. Union leaders said the state of Rio de Janeiro was not prepared for the extra burden of the Olympics Games in seven months’ time, which could bring as many as an extra million people to the city. Jorge Darze, president of SinMed, the doctors’ union in Rio, said: “We are really in a very serious situation in which there is not the slightest possibility of a short-term solution. Read Article

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