Brett D. Schaefer, the Jay Kingham Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs at Heritage Foundation's Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, writes in a post on the Heritage blog that the UN is wrongfully defending the North Korean health care system--mostly because it's a so-called universal health care system that doesn't work.
Far from working, in fact, as far as Schaefer is concerned. Armed with some gruesome details from an Amnesty International report, Schaefer writes:
North Korea came under criticism from Amnesty International last week for the dismal state of the country’s health care system. While North Korea (the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea or DPRK) has a well-earned reputation for disregarding the interests of its people – malnutrition is common and many of the country’s people face serious health problems arising from disease and poverty – the government has faced increasing economic difficulties that have undermined the state run (virtually everything in North Korea is state run) health care system to an appalling degree.