Healthcare is usually not the field in which the high pontiff of the Christian world would be expected to feature. Pope Francis, however, has had the distinction of being the most unusual pope to date. Under Pope Francis, the Vatican has increased its spending on healthcare in many folds.
The official records do not indicate an exact amount spent on healthcare across the world through the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers. The Economist has reported that the total expenditure of the Church through its own budget along with its subsidiaries and allied institutions to be close to $170 Billion, making it the world’s largest non-government spender on healthcare.
Pope Francis made news in 2017 when he stated that Universal Healthcare is not a privilege but a right. He went on to add that “Born poor, I always sought to live with the minimum necessary. I have nothing of my own and nothing to leave. The few clothes I possess, I would like to be given to the poor.”