Essay on Dr. Gerald Lauria 's Experience Is Not An Outlier

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When Dr. Gerald Lauria walked into a town hospital in Congo in 2005, he was stunned. Coming from working in a large hospital in the United States consisting of many doctors per specialty, he was shocked to find this hospital run by just one physician. Dr. Lauria described the hospital as “sparse” and “primitive”, ridden with x-ray machines outdated by at least twenty years and empty medicine cabinets. Dr. Lauria’s experience is not an outlier. The dysfunctional and unsophisticated hospitals present in developing countries across the globe compared with the technologically elite and fully staffed hospitals in the United States only represent only one example of the many healthcare issues that developing countries face today.
Developing countries face far more health related issues than developed countries. The average citizen of a developed country can expect to live 36 years longer than those of developing countries. In Chad, for example, the under five mortality rate per 1000 people is 200, while in Europe it is 13. Conversely, the mortality rate for mothers in Chad is over 1000, while in Europe it is 21 (!). These inequalities represent a tipping of the healthcare quality and distribution balance. These health issues from inequalities are of significant importance because aside from the connotative physical and emotional benefits of more quality health, better health has even boosted the world’s economy by minimizing the economic losses from diseases such as…

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