25 Key Facts about Health in LatAm

Make no mistake, the face of healthcare in Latin America is changing, and quickly. To give you a greater sense of just how rapidly these changes are impacting the market, we compiled some of the most surprising statistics to come out of Latin America in recent years.


In recent years about one-third of the LatAm population changed its eating habits due to concerns about health, according to Kantar Worldpanel.


The ranking of Mexico’s health care professionals compared to 188 countries around the world, according to the British medical journal The Lancet. This is a big feather in Mexico’s cap, as it puts their health care system in elite company.

17 million

The number of Brazilians with diabetes, an alarming statistic that represents 8.9 %of the overall Brazilian population.


The five leading causes of death in Argentina are ischemic cardiopathies, low respiratory diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, COPD and Alzheimer’s.

4 out of 10

Colombians over the age of 50 suffer from a chronic disease. This includes medical issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease.

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Of Chilean children between ages 5 and 7 have some degree of obesity, an unfortunate state of affairs for the country.


The number of years that it required for the obesity rate in Costa Rica to quadruple.


of Latin Americans suffer from depression, according to WHO.


The ranking, among all countries, of Chile in regard to its citizens’ access to medical care. This puts it in the top 25% in the entire world.


The percentage of Chileans who at least try to eat healthy, according to the same survey.


Uruguayans have undiagnosed fibromyalgia, a commonly underdiagnosed condition that causes muscle aches, fatigue, pain and sensitivity.

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Of Brazilian adults have at least one chronic disease. This include major players such as diabetes, arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure and depression.


The average life expectancy for Mexicans who were born in the year 2015. This is 14 years older than the life expectancy of those born in 1970.


Of Colombian adults struggle with being overweight or obese. This statistic may explain the issues with chronic diseases in the country.

3 out of 4

Mexicans in low-income areas suffer from some form of chronic disease. This includes diseases such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and more.


Of Colombians who endured chronic malnutrition in early childhood. This also appears to have a causal relationship with the health problems experienced by many Colombians later in life.


The percentage of Mexicans 12 years or older who smoke. This number is up from the 17% documented in 2011.


People in Uruguay die of a chronic respiratory disease each year.


Slightly more than half (51%) of Argentines sleep 6 hours or less each night.

8 in 10

Latin Americans who suffer from hypertension don’t monitor it regularly, according to the WHO.


The number of people in Uruguay who die each day from a cardiovascular disease.

1 in 5

The number of Brazilians who believe the country’s health system meets the needs of the population, according to a recent study.


The percentage of Brazilians who do not have private health insurance, according to a recent study.

3 out of 10

The number of Costa Ricans with high blood pressure, a major risk factor for other conditions such as heart disease and stroke.


The percentage of Chileans who do not drink enough water each day, according to their recent National Health Survey.

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