Hurricane Maria has decimated Puerto Rico. But even before the disastrous storm, residents were facing a serious financial dilemma in all economic sectors, particularly healthcare.
Correspondent Gerry Hadden traveled to San Juan before the severe storm to report on the crisis that had doctors leaving in droves.
Hurricane Maria was the most powerful storm to hit the U.S. territory in 80 years. The entire population of Puerto Rico lost electricity and the majority of power lines were destroyed. 80 percent of its cellphones towers were damaged. And the power grid is in such bad shape, repairing it may not even be possible, it may need to be entirely rebuilt.
The storm came just as the cash-strapped commonwealth was in the midst of a billion dollar budget cut and trying to restructure over $70 billion worth of debt.
Watch Gerry Hadden’s report for “Americas Now” to see why Puerto Rico’s healthcare system is in critical condition.