Need a Bandaid?…

Stand in line behind that sunburned Canadian.

HAVANA, June 25 (Richard Rosell? / – The Hermanos Ameijeiras hospital in Havana, one of the government’s showcases for its vaunted health-care accomplishments, is being refurbished to provide services to health tourists in better than half its 24 stories.

The repairs were started about six months ago and are due to be completed by September 2. The 1000-plus-bed hospital is scheduled to be split, 55% for foreigners and 45% for Cubans. At present, only three of the top stories have been dedicated for the care of foreigners who pay for services in hard currency.

2 thoughts on “Need a Bandaid?…”

  1. Things would be a LOT different if the tourists had to get the same health care as the Cubans who live there did.

    You would think people would get a clue. Even though I’m new to the inner workings of the situation with Cuba (many thanks to Val for the recent education and motivation to learn more), I can usually spot a “political lie” when I see it.

    This lie isn’t even cloaked. WE DON’T HAVE TOURISTS HOSPITALS AND HEALTH CARE…Hmmmmmm….what’s wrong with this picture. I didn’t have Tourist Health Care and Hospitals when I was in England…or in any other “normal” country. So why would Castro have a different Health Care System in Cuba?

    Could it be that:

    A: Tourism would DROP considerably if they had the same Health Care the native Cubans had–and he’s lose all that hard currency he needs so desperately now that the Soviet Union can’t bail him out of financial trouble

    B: It would demonstrate just how lousy things really are in Cuba under his rule and how utterly idiotic communism really is

    C: It would kill the only propaganda he has been able to spout to the world…oh, well there’s the education system…yeah, right.

    I’m not even Cuban and I am so over Castro I can’t stand it. It must be a living hell for the actual Cubans that live there and those in “exile” here in the US.

    If he dies today, it won’t be soon enough. Hopefully the Cubans will be able to topple what’s left of his government after he’s gone.

  2. I oppose Castro of course. Let me address the issue of ‘unequal’ access to health care. Canada famously does not allow citizens to purchase private care even if they have the funds to do so. It seems to me that allowing people to spend their own money to buy extra care is just since the revenue gained can subsidize care for the needy. In some cases ‘rich’ people may spend money on things the government would never finance, effectively subsidizing research and development.

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