Health care in North Korea is supposed to be free and provided by the government. It is, but only what little aid the government spends on health care. With North Korea’s “military first” policy, very little money actually makes it to the health care system. It was reported in 2011 by Amnesty International that North Korea only spends $1 per capita, the lowest in the world. To compare, the global average is $716 per capitia. This results in absolutely horrible health care conditions. Barely any medicine is available in North Korea leading to inability to cure diseases regarded as simple in other parts of the world. Sterilized needles are rare in North Korea leading to the unnecessary spread of diseases. It’s even reported that most surgeries that take place have no anesthesia used causing agonizing pain for the patient. You can find more info on the Amnesty International report by following the link below.
Government oppression in North Korea has led to the starvation of millions. The country has one of the worst living conditions in the world with hunger being a large part of it. The international community is hesitant to help because of the North Korean government’s handling. A large portion of this starvation is due to the government spending a majority of its money on military and nuclear programs. Foreign aid has slowed down because it has become aware that the government is spending this aid on things besides food. It was reported in 2011 that over six million people in North Korea needed food aid. Also a third of the children population is chronically malnourished. I’ve added a link below with more information on the subject of the hunger problem in North Korea.