A child cleans a hallway at Yarmouk Hospital in Baghdad on April 29. Government health care is free in Iraq but patients who can afford it usually seek private care because public facilities are so ill-equipped. (Corinne Reilly/Merced Sun Star/MCT)
A child cleans a hallway at Yarmouk Hospital in Baghdad on April 29. Government health care is free in Iraq but patients who can afford it usually seek private care because public facilities are so ill-equipped. (Corinne Reilly/Merced Sun Star/MCT) Merced Sun-Star
A child cleans a hallway at Yarmouk Hospital in Baghdad on April 29. Government health care is free in Iraq but patients who can afford it usually seek private care because public facilities are so ill-equipped. (Corinne Reilly/Merced Sun Star/MCT) Merced Sun-Star

Iraq’s once envied health system, lost to war and corruption

May 18, 2009 1:07 AM