Friday, May 13, 2005

Cuba's "oil for Doctors" program

Babalu Blog, on the continuing story of Cuba's wonderful health care, quotes an article saying that a clinic is closing due to the scarcity of doctors. Especially interesting is this :

After the Cuban government started sending physicians abroad as both a propaganda measure and as a source of hard currency, medical services just double up on the remaining physicians. Lately, the situation has become exacerbated by the shipment of what some say may be up to 10,000 doctors to Venezuela, to cooperate in President Chavez' neighborhoods program. In return, Venezuela has been shipping 53,000 barrels of oil a day to Cuba.

100% literacy, and free healthcare, don't forget!