castro has announced ‘soaring salaries’ for medical professionals. From now on, doctors and other medics will be paid between 100 and 250 pesos more, in a doubling – doubling! – of their wages.
Let’s look at that a little more closely: According to the Ask Jeeves currency converter, that’s about four dollars and eight cents at official rates at the low end and eight-something bucks at the high end, a term the Forbes 550-Million-Dollar-Man thinks of as ‘soaring.’ castro makes Scrooge look like a spendthrift. A dollar a week more, and that’s soaring! If you could get dollars in castro’s island hellhole, which of course you can’t.
Here’s what I think: we know that Cuba’s hospitals are empty and there are barely any doctors left. The hospitals are roach-infested dumps and not the kind of places you’d want a bandaid changed, let alone surgery. This explains Prensa Latina’s weird obsession with insisting that there are more Cuban doctors per capita than any other place on earth. Yeah, right, bub. Go see Paxety about it. Perhaps there are, cheaply stamped out and utterly lowgrade. But you don’t find them in Cuba. Most have been shipped off like commodity products to Venezuela and other parts of Latin America, such as Honduras, in exchange for Venezuelan oil. When I investigated how much Hugo Chavez was paying these people in Caracas, I learned that they were making the princely sum – for Cuba – of $100 to $200 a month. Versus something like $18 bucks a month in Havana. This $200 a month per smock in turn was undercutting Venezuela’s real doctors, same as industrial dumping, and putting those Venezuelan professionals out of business. Meanwhile, castro’s hospitals in Havana go empty. Everyone who can in Havana has bailed out for the slums of Caracas and taken those ‘princely’ Hugo Chavez salaries over castro’s ‘soaring’ 20 bucks a month or whatever it now is.
Against this, castro had no choice but to raise wages at home. Or there would be no doctors in Cuba at all.
castro and Chavez are conspiring together to destroy the medical systems of both countries. You’d think one’s loss would be the other’s gain but these two are geniuses and have figured out how to wreck both systems simultaneously and end medical care once and for all.
The Prensa Latina “news” item if you can stand to open it is here.