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Iraqis Split on Sectarian Lines; Hospitals Follow

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Iraqis Split on Sectarian Lines; Hospitals Follow

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Iraqis Split on Sectarian Lines; Hospitals Follow

Iraqis Split on Sectarian Lines; Hospitals Follow

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Iraq's Health Ministry is controlled by Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's movement, under an agreement struck by ruling parties, and sectarian influence has impeded healthcare, according to Dahr Jamail, an independent journalist who's been covering Iraq's healthcare system for Inter Press Service, a nonprofit news organization focusing on developing countries.

Jamail says that in his interviews with doctors at 13 hospitals in and around Baghdad in 2004 and 2005, he discovered a highly politicized healthcare system in Iraq, as well as other challenges facing the country's ailing hospitals.

Michele Norris talks with Jamail.