Ain’t this a surprise?

Almost 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty each year because of debts accrued through healthcare expenses.

A report, published by the World Health Organization and the World Bank on Wednesday, found the poorest and most vulnerable people are routinely forced to choose between healthcare and other necessities for their household, including food and education, subsisting on $1.90 (£1.40) a day.

Researchers found that more than 122 million people around the world are forced to live on $3.10 a day, the benchmark for “moderate poverty”, due to healthcare expenditure. Since 2000, this number has increased by 1.8 million a year.

Outrageous, don’t you think? People are budget constrained?

Poor people more so?

The things that will be revealed to us, eh?

4 thoughts on “Ain’t this a surprise?”

  1. “routinely forced to choose between healthcare and other necessities”–This is a tug at the heartstrings. It negates the possibility that there are other choices, such as “choosing between” the daily pack of smokes, lottery tickets, and 30-packs of Bud. Or begin resisting the valor of Speaking Truth to Power and get oneself fit for a second job or new responsibilities resulting in a pay raise. The “choosing between” meme is another episode of casting the citizen as an Able-Minded Passive Victim.

  2. Note the switch between the “extreme poverty” in the heartstring blurb and the “moderate poverty” in paragraph 3.

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