WTO patient costs poverty report.
THE WORLD Health Organisation (WHO) is warning that around 100
million people fall into poverty every year because of medical care
payments they cannot afford. It adds that an additional 150 million
people spend nearly half their incomes on medical expenses. This, said a
WHO statement, is "because in many countries people have no access
to social health protection--affordable health insurance or
government-funded health services", especially in the developing
world. Because its governments are often to poor to afford medical care,
their cash strapped citizens meet the bulk of family medical expenses.
For instance, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with a GDP per
capita of only US$120, households pay 70% of medical bills. In Germany
however, average GDP per capita is US$32,860, but its rich government
still pays 90% of medical expenses. Dr Timothy Evans, WHO assistant
director-general said: "Countries must begin now to craft
well-organized schemes, and international donors will have to