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Venezuela's Health Care System Ready To Collapse Amid Economic Crisis

The death of a former major league baseball player in his native Venezuela this week is renewing concerns over the Latin American country's growing health crisis amid ongoing economic and political turmoil.

Marcos Carvajal, a 34-year-old former pitcher for the Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins, died of pneumonia on Tuesday. He fell sick in December, but the antibiotics needed the illness were hard but he relapsed, returned to the hospital on Monday and died the next day.

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