An economy with a split personality

Friday, August 1, 1997 - 03:00
Chile occupies a relatively high position in the annual rankings on economic competitiveness issued by international think tanks. But when the country's performance in these indexes is broken down into its constituent parts, Chile shows a stunning dichotomy.

World-class hospital

Sunday, June 1, 1997 - 03:00
Southern Chile's legendary earthquake of 1960 killed hundreds of people and damaged countless buildings, including the Regional Hospital of Valdivia, where the three top floors of the eight-story building had to be closed. Today, a state-of-the-art hospital has finally replaced temporary facilities that were built in the aftermath of the earthquake. The new hospital was one of four in northern, central and southern Chile built partly with funds from a $70 million IDB health services loan approved in 1991.