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Corona virus and healthcare in Chile

Healthcare in Chile

The effectiveness of the health care system in Chile is well above average in a global comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age in Chile is 77.8 years for men and 82.4 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 7.3 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.0 years).

In total, the sum of 1,455.61 USD is spent per year and inhabitant. This corresponds to approximately 9.1% of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,111.08 USD (~ 9.9% of the respective GDP).


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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Chile

Currently: 7.1 new infections per day per 100,000 inhabitants
By July 26th, 2021, 1610345 infected persons and 35119 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported in March 2020, which is the date of the official notification. An additional 10-14 days are calculated for noticing one's own infection, the doctor's appointment, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection until the first symptoms appear.

The total of 1,610,345 infected people represent 8.4% of the country's total population. The number of new infections during the 29th calendar week (07/19/2021 to 07/25/2021) was 9,462 , representing 7.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per day.


The first graph shows the number of reported infections per calendar week. The second graph below the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in Chile results in a mortality rate of 2.2%. However, it should be borne in mind that death occurs an average of 19 days after the first symptoms appear. The time of the actual infection is therefore followed by several days until a person affected has a medical test carried out and the results are available.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers weekly. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Corona virus topic page.

Current development

Calendar weekInfectedDeaths
29/20219,462580
28/202111,260559
27/202117,015731
26/202121,471795
25/202134,119941
24/202134,355709
23/202147,779746
22/202150,538758
21/202149,085752
20/202148,713716

Weight and size

MaleFemale
Body height173 cm159 cm
BMI27.828.2
Weight82.8 kg71.5 kg

Diseases

ChileØ worldwide
Diabetes *8.60%8.81%
Tuberculosis0.02%0.13%
HIV / Aids0.05%0.04%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.


Child vaccinations

ChileØ worldwide
Measles95.0%85.7%
Hepatitis B0.10%0.08%
DTP *9.60%8.57%

* DTP is a three times combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.

In Chile, 44.7% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
6 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

Corona virus and healthcare in ChileMedical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Chile is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 2.2 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.7 beds. Within the EU, 5.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.

With about 20,600 physicians in Chile, there are about 1.08 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.

Through medical care, the mortality of major known diseases can be reduced to an above-average extent. For example, only about 10 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Supply with drinking water

As one of the few countries, Chile offers almost its entire population (98.64 percent) access to an immediately available, running drinking water connection. The proportion of the population that is reached by additional supply from springs and wells or supplied drinking water is 100%. In a global comparison, only about 71% of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 97%. Only in a few countries does the proportion fall below 10%.

Sources

Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).