Health costs during pandemic pushed over half a billion people into poverty

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By Manas Mishra (Reuters) – More than half a billion people globally were pushed into extreme poverty last year as they paid for health costs out of their own pockets during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization and the World Bank said on Sunday. The pandemic disrupted health services globally and triggered the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, making it even more difficult for people to pay for healthcare, according to a joint statement from both the organizations. “All governments must immediately resume and accelerate efforts to ensure every one of their ci…

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