In the medical field if you are not providing aggressive or ‘heroic’ medical care you are simply providing ‘palliative’ care or aid and comfort. In a tribute to Fidel Castro (hero to millions) let’s celebrate Cuba’s palliative health care system…
90% of Cuban Doctors Failed US Medical Exams
400 Cuban Immigrants who were doctors in their native Cuba applied to be doctors in the United States. The group failed so miserably on exams required to certify as doctors in the United States that a new ‘special’ was created for them. It has placed less emphasis on pure science and more on treatment and diagnosis, for example, and made special courses available to help these immigrants prepare for the test.. The test was actually revised twice. After more than 90 percent of the immigrant doctors failed the modified exam when they first took it last May, the state rewrote it again and translated it into Spanish. Again, more than 90 percent failed the even more water downed version when they took it in again.
AIDS victims have been routinely imprisoned against their will in ‘hospitals’ that are nothing more than prisons in most cases. AIDS victims are imprisoned in locked compounds and not allowed out. While not concentration camps where people are killed in mass they are the equivalent of internment camps and not having modern AIDS treatment and medical care is a death sentence.
Lack of Modern Diagnostic Equipment
Diagnosing a torn muscle, tumor, or any number of internal problems requires very expensive medical equipment. In Cuba, there are 6 CT-Scan machines available for free to anyone who needs it. 5 out of these 6 machines are non-functional for the past 8 months.
Lack of Even Basic Medicines
Tourists to Cuba are regularly encouraged to supply Cubans with even basic over-the-counter medicines. Cuba is a country where a doctor will write a prescription for aspirin but a patient will be unable to receive any. If a country cannot provide cough syrup and aspirin do you really think you will be getting the antibiotics and expensive medication available to modern medicine?
Even the most commonly available pharmaceutical items in the U.S., such as Aspirin and rubbing alcohol, are conspicuously absent [in Cuba]… Antibiotics… are in extremely short supply and available only on the black market. Aspirin can be purchased only at government-run dollar stores, which carry common medications at a huge markup in U.S. dollars… This puts them out of reach of most Cubans, who are paid little and in pesos. Canada’s National Post
Third of Cuban Hospitals Closed
In 1983 there were 326 hospitals in Cuba, by 2005 there were only 248, despite a growing population. Several hospitals have recently been closed including one in Havana (the capital) that did not have running water. The Soviet Union would provide over a billion dollars a year in aid to Cuba, and since it’s collapse Cuba’s economy has been in ruins.
One of the most basic indicators of how well maintained a hospital is the conditions of it’s floors and attention to hygiene. Cuban hospitals in general are filthy places and filth leads to infection and disease with patients that have weakened immune systems.
Sicko ‘Documentary’ Banned in Cuba
When foreigners are shown medical care in the movie sicko or as part of a tour they are victims of Cuban propaganda. Communist countries have been using utopian showpiece displays of national glory since Lenin started rounding up political prisoners for the good of the collective. These shy showpiece hospitals that tourists are paraded through are a world away from the squalor of most Cuban medical facilities.
Accurate statistics on the health care system are unavailable, the system is a symbol of national pride and controlled by the state run government without any independent control. The Soviet Union, North Korea, and China regularly churned out fanciful make believe statistics showing their particular countries excelling when they were actually collapsing. The difference is that these Cuban statistics were embraced and continue to be regurgitated without even an ounce of skepticism.
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Oh screw it, I’m flying to Cuba and skipping the third world health care system just like my hero Fidel Castro. Poor little guy he’s in a Cuban hospital somewhere, if you are in the area be sure to drop him off some cough medicine.