castro’s ‘soaring salaries’

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.

12 thoughts on “castro’s ‘soaring salaries’”

  1. And Chavez raised the military salaries by 50% to 60 %
    There ya go, you dumb bastard, BUY loyalty. The stupid Putumayo never heard of Batistas military I guess. $75 a month and at the first trip to La Sierra they went “Fuck this , I didnt sign to get shot at , I signed to play pool at Columbia.. heres my rifle and Im going home”
    TAXI !!!!

  2. Have a little more respect for the people of Cuba, the doctors are not cheaply stamped out and utterly lowgrade. Of course, they are being exploited by Castro just like everyone and everything else, but that doesn’t change the quality of the real Cuban professionals.

  3. Fulano: How come they can’t pass medical exams when they come here? Basically, they are just bandaid changers. Some are probably good, but overall, they are mass produced and when you take the commodity approach to medicine, you are going to have quality control issues. Happens.

  4. Here is some more reality for Castro lovers

    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 clos…

  5. I will begin this response stating the fact that I have family who are doctors trained in Cuba. First off, the medical exams required to pass are the same exams given to students while they are still in school. These exams cover all subjects, in a detailed fashion, including basic sciences such as chemistry and physics. Tell me how often your doctor balanced ions while he’s trying to figure why you are hacking up blood? Also, American doctors have the luxury of only needing a 75% to pass while foreign doctors need 85%. Let’s not get started on the language issue, the medical exams are not written in Latin, except for the medical terms, the exam is in English so anyone who is not practicing the language on a daily basis (you know like someone not living in an English speaking country, hmmm perhaps Cuba) will have a difficult problem simply UNDERSTANDING what the question is saying. I should mention that the questions on these exams are fairly involved, many of which have several paragraphs to a page or more of text to explain the situation, then comes the question. So to recap: Cuban doctors must pass an exam on subjects that haven’t been looked at since University (if you are in your 50s it might have been 20 years), they need 10 percentile points higher than American doctors who are taking those classes immediately before the exam, and they have to do it in English. Try finding time to study while you are working 7 days a week to try to feed your family all while thanking God each day that you are FREE! I would ask you a geometry question but I do not want to embarrass you.

  6. I think fulano is up to something. Many US-doctors might not pass their own exam again 20 years later. Many people would not pass their driver’s license exam 20 years later.

    The Cuban education is – within their technical possibilities – not that bad. Those who work abroad – mostly in dirt poor areas where they are highly appreciated – are not bad at all, and focussed on “general health issues” those people have, without being able to rely on expensive and complicated machinery or laboratory. And I know Cuban doctors who despite of their ridiculous salary are absolutely dedicated to their job.

    One problem seems to be that the quality at Cuban universities is sinking fast NOW because they try to churn out as many doctors as possible. And the ressources they have are getting poorer and poorer. Due to the lack of general drugs many doctors have worked wonder with traditional remedies found in Cuba. But the quality is decreasing fast. Same goes for teachers. You find 18yo girls “teaching” in schools already.

    The hospitals are mostly in a dire shape (except those which treat foreigners). They will get worse. The best doctors will make it to the States, the good to other Latin American countries.

    Funny thing I heard recently. Fidel offers returning Cuban doctors a house or a new car (no Lada), to lure them back. Most will take the car.

    And turn into taxi drivers

  7. Fulano: You don’t sound like you have a whole lot of understanding of economics 101. Any time you produce something in quantity beyond your investment capacity (like soybeans, corn or in castro’s case, doctors) you are going to have quality control problems. When you treat SERVICE industries like production matters, you are going to have even more problems. The fact is, it’s not language that is keeping inept bandaid-changers from passing US medical exams, it’s NO DAMN BANDAIDS AT ALL in the teaching institutions. Tell me that doesn’t affect the quality of teaching. And why don’t you go see the past post I made about the high death rate among South African medical students in castro’s medical schools? Can not having bandaids on hand (or more important equipment) have anything to do with it? How about the opinion of Venezuelan medical professionals? You missed that post, too. Meanwhile, read the Honduras link about the kind of doctors castro is turning out, it ran in the Wall Street Journal. I guess everyone is wrong except for you.

  8. Last time i saw, to become a doctor in Venezuela you had to pass exams in all medical-related subjects, such as phisiology, biology, etc, together with math, statistics, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and others not “directly” related to medicine, so stop the bullshit.

    The worst part about the venezuelan health care system is that it was in a very bad condition when Chavez took the power, now they are worse than before, and, thank you, but we don’t need foreign doctors, we need good salaries for local doctors.

  9. I pitty all of you and your closeminded thoughts. All of you are living in a slender deliniated world view created by a previous generation’s memories of a pre-1959 “perfect Cuba”, those memories are severely clouded by nostalgia. I don’t know why I bother even responding to you, it’s like trying to feed someone on a hunger strike, they just spit in your food. Pero tragatelo, until someone removes my post.


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  10. Fulano,

    OK, without the clouds nostalgia, have you read any of the healthcare related posts in this blog before? Cause theres a ton of them. Perhaps you should do a little research before yapping away at the moon.

  11. I’m just guessing here but I’d think in a country like Cuba, castro could simply say “I want 2000 more doctors” and the school with 2200 students suddenly realizes that 200 of the 400 they were going to fail weren’t really all that bad after all.

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