If You Get Sick at the Olympics, Don’t Expect a Private Hospital Room

August 3, 2016

(STAT News) – When the Olympics kick off Friday, ailing athletes will go to a sparkling new clinic built just for the games. Sick tourists, meanwhile, will be sent to a public hospital whose cramped communal quarters may come as a surprise. Municipal Hospital Souza Aguiar, housed in a gloomy 1960s building in downtown Rio de Janeiro, is one of five public hospitals officially designated to accept Olympic tourists. Spectators who attend the opening and closing ceremonies — as well as other sports in the Maracanã Olympic Zone, including soccer, track and field, and archery — will be directed to Souza Aguiar.