Our favorite commie reporter, Marc Frank, has penned an interesting article for Reuters about the state of health care in Cuba and the “reforms” that are coming to that sector of Cuban life.
Like a lot of the articles about the so-called reforms, this one finally has to tell some truths to put the changes into context. Some examples:
Cubans complain that the family doctor program has been short on staff since the communist government began sending thousands of doctors to Venezuela in 2000.
In the provinces, family doctor offices will now be staffed by a doctor and nurse the entire day, instead of just in the mornings, health care sources said.
There is a similar plan for Havana, a city of 2.2 million people, but it will take more time because doctors and nurses are in short supply. For now, some of the doctors offices will open in the mornings only.
But family doctor offices were left in poor condition and understaffed when Cuba was plunged into deep economic crisis by the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
But [fidel] also sent tens of thousands of doctors and nurses to work in poor neighborhoods in Venezuela after his main ally President Hugo Chavez came to power.
The export of medical services to Venezuela went in return for vital supplies of oil that helped keep Cuba’s economy afloat.
Some 40,000 Cuban health professionals are working abroad in 81 developing countries, more than half in Venezuela.
[Commie authorities] were told medical staff were overworked and underpaid, and forced to use some of their time in other activities to make ends meet.
Cuba’s family doctor program began with much fanfare in the 1980s with a family doctor for every 500 to 700 residents, coordinated by larger community-based clinics.
Now each family doctor office will cover up to three times as many residents, between 1,500 and 2,000, a doctor said.
Funny, Michael Moore didn’t mention the shortage of doctors in Cuba or how their services are being bartered away to foreign countries to keep the country’s basket case economy on life support when he was promoting the Cuban health care miracle in his fictional work SiCKO.