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    Re: Exporting Doctors

    Truth has a tendency of getting in the way of leftist claims. From the book “Cuba of Today”, by A. Hyatt Merrill, published in 1931:

    “In point of healthfulness Cuba leads the world, the Cuban death rate being 12.54 per thousand as against 15 in the United States; 17.70 in England; 17.80 in Germany; 20.60 in France; and 29.70 in Spain.”

    Life expectancy at birth in Cuba:

    1931: 43.8 years, among the best in the world. See Chart.
    Migratio (Revista do CEPAM) - Demographic change and economic growth in Cuba (1898-1958).

    1957: 64.2 years 32th in the world. See Table 1.
    http://www.ascecuba.org/c/wp-content...22-stusser.pdf

    2013: 78.22 years 59th in the world. (https://www.cia.gov/library/publicat.../2102rank.html)

    In Latin America these countries rank above Cuba: Puerto Rico 48; Chile 52; Panama 56, and Costa Rica 58.

    The life expectancy ranking of Cuba under Castroism had slip backwards. Seems that the so call “experts” missed those statistics.

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    Re: Exporting Doctors

    Cuban medical care has never recovered from Castro's takeover, when the country’s health care ranked among the world's best. Many treatments we take for granted aren't available at all, except to the Communist elite or foreigners with dollars. For them, Castro keeps hospitals equipped with the best medicines and technologies available.

    What is it that leads people to value theoretically "free" health care, even when it's lousy or nonexistent, over a free society that actually delivers health care? You might have to deal with creditors after you go to the emergency room in America, but no one is denied medical care here; even the poorest Americans are getting far better medical services than most Cubans.

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    Those who think democracy can’t be combined with social progress, poverty reduction and ecological protection are wrong. In fact, democracy is an essential ingredient for genuine social progress. A country like Costa Rica has been able to achieve all of these, and a better standard of living for its citizens, without any of the political repression Cubans have to endure.

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    Re: Exporting Doctors

    Hospitals, “You Are on Your Own”
    Hospitals, “You Are on Your Own” / Julio Cesar Alvarez | Translating Cuba

    By Julio Cesar Alvarez

    About 50,000 patients get some kind of infections annually. Lack of running water in bathrooms, clean linens, surgical gloves and even lack of brooms are among the causes.

    HAVANA, Cuba. -Approximately 50,000 patients get some kind of infections in Cuban hospitals; 16,500 could die from that cause. Being admitted in a hospital is considered “more dangerous than an airline flight,” according to the World Health Organization.

    More than 8 million patients die because of a severe infections every year around the world associated to medical attention, meaning one person dies every four seconds. In the USA 1.7 million infections are reported in hospitals, causing 100 thousand deaths. In Europe, 4.7 million are also reported in hospitals with a 37 thousand death toll, according to World Health Organization.

    Every year government officials in Cuba report low child mortality rates, data that makes the Cuban Health System look great. However the numbers of infections, or deaths caused by hospital infections are not published, that could be a good indicator to measure health services quality in the island.

    A hospital that has a high rate of infections among patients admitted, is not considered efficient. Even with no official data available, Dr. Rafael Nodarse Hernandez– a Microbiologist Specialist Grade 2 who works for the Dr. Luis Diaz Soto Military Hospital–confirmed in Havana that 50,000 people catch infections every year in Cuban hospitals, as he stated to a Cuban Military Medicine magazine.
    The Hospitals where the common Cubans are treated have a lot of problems, among them the lack of minimal conditions to offer adequate medical services. The patients, when admitted, must provide their own meals and supplies like sheets, towels, table service, glasses, fans, medication, etc, among many other things. The pharmacies lack even the most essential medications as painkillers, vitamins and antiacids among others, and basic medical instruments like syringes, stethoscopes and thermometers.

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    Re: Exporting Doctors

    The Castroit tyrannical regime health system is ruled and planned at the highest level and don’t allow independent participation of the civil society in decision making. This system creates a large bureaucracy, deficiencies, impaired operations, disregard of reality and corruption at all levels.

    The country’s health system has never recovered since the Castroit regime took over in 1959, when it ranked among the world's best. The so much talk about the “free” high quality healthcare is a myth, since it is lousy and practically nonexistent. As a matter of fat, it has been an increased in epidemics such as hepatitis, dengue, leptospirosis, respiratory, cholera and stomach diseases. Mal nutrition, anemia and parasites affect a large portion of the population.

    The reduction in the number of mammograms and cytological tests used in the diagnosis of breast cancer, have the alarming effect of increasing it in detriment of women’s health. The regime healthcare has gotten from bad to worst.

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    Re: Exporting Doctors

    Irregularities in ‘More Doctors’ as Cuban Defects
    Allegations of Irregularities in Brazil's 'More Doctors' Continue as Cuban Doctor Defects | The Rio Times | Brazil News

    Groups that represent doctors are accusing President Rousseff's program of violating "human and labor" rights.

    By Maria Lopez Conde

    SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Groups that represent Brazilian doctors published an open letter criticizing the harsh conditions imposed by the Programa Mais Médicos (More Doctors Program) on its participants. The Federal Council of Medicine, the National Federation of Doctors and the Brazilian Medical Association described the program enacted by President Dilma Rousseff as an “attack on human, individual and labor rights.”


    Dr. Ramona Rodriguez from Cuba shows her asylum request at a press conference last week in Brasília, photo by Marcelo Camargo.

    In their statement, the organizations embrace a “full repudiation of the attacks on human, individual and labor rights to which foreign and Brazilian doctors have been subjected” through the More Doctors program. Announced following nationwide protests over the poor quality of public services, including healthcare, in Brazil last July, the controversial initiative has been bringing mostly foreign doctors to underserved areas across Brazil since September 2013.

    The groups also expressed their “outrage over the irresponsibility of the Ministry of Health for the omissions that have resulted in impaired working conditions, financial losses and moral damage” among others. They called on the Federal Prosecutor, the Ministry of Labor and Supreme Court to investigate all “evidence of irregularities” in the recruitment of foreign health professionals for the program.

    The statement comes just four days after Ramona Matos Rodriguez, a Cuban doctor and participant in More Doctors, defected from the program and sought asylum in Brazil over what she claimed was an unfair paycheck for her work in the Pará town of Pacajá in the Amazon.

    “I think I was fooled by Cuba. They did not tell me that Brazil would be paying R$10,000 for the service of foreign doctors. They said that I would be receiving US$400 here and US$600 [in Cuba] when the contract finished,” Rodriguez said from the headquarters of the Democratas (DEM), a center-right political party, in Brasília. The DEM has opposed the More Doctors Program since its implementation last September.

    “Other doctors receive R$10,000 to do the same thing I am doing. Brazil gives Cuba R$10,000 for each doctor. The question is where is the other part of that money going?” Rodriguez asked the press during a conference with the DEM leadership in Brasília.

    Caiado presented the contract Rodriguez signed with the Mercantile Society of Commercialization of Cuban Services for her work in Brazil in Congress last week. According to Brazil’s federal government, Rodriguez and all other Cuban doctors were hired through an agreement with the Pan-American Health Organization. Caiado accused the Federal Police of tapping Rodriguez’s phone calls and of hiring “slave work.”

    The Workers’ Party (PT) leader in the Chamber of Deputies, Arlindo Chinaglia, shot back at the criticism, arguing that Caiado was “lying.” “The contract was analyzed by the Chamber and the Senate, and I have a copy. If the Pan-American Health Organization feels good or bad in that role, if Cuba feels good about it, it is not Brazil’s place to judge,” Chinaglia said to the Chamber.

    The Ministry of Labor met with Rodriguez last Monday to discuss the conditions to which she was subjected as a Mais Médicos participant. Rodriguez alleged that she was told by Cuba that she was not to travel outside her city of residence without prior authorization or befriend Brazilians. The Ministry of Labor concluded that there had, in fact, been “irregularities” with the hiring of Cuban doctors under international labor laws.

    On its part, the Brazilian Medical Association, which has been in fervent opposition to the law since its inception last year, hired Rodriguez for an administrative role this week. According to the organization’s president, Florentino Cardoso, Rodriguez is currently forbidden from practicing medicine in Brazil, but will be paid R$3,000 per month to fulfill administrative duties at the organization.
    The Castroit newspaper Granma reported that the Cuban doctors got their salaries raise to $64 from $25 a month. Health professional are the regime top source of hard currency export earnings.

    The regime health workers and other professional working abroad bring in $8.2 billion a year in export earnings. By contrast the value of the regimen exports brought by tourism, nickel and remittances together total only $5.6 billion a year.

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    Re: Exporting Doctors

    Cuban doctors working oversees earn far more that the ones working at home, but still between 80 to 85 % of their salaries goes to the regimen for their work.

    Cuban doctors in Brazil were pay only $1,000 of their $4,000 salary, with the balance going to the Castroit regime. After the incident their salary was raised to $1,245, but 60% of the salary is send back to Cuba and only paid to them if they return to the island. Otherwise they forfeit it.

    Obviously this is an “attack on human, individual and labor rights.” The slave labor deal so far is on. Slavery by any other name is still slavery.

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    Cuban doctors working oversees earn far more that the ones working at home, but still between 80 to 90 % of their salaries goes to the regimen for their work.

    Cuban doctors in Brazil were pay only $1,000 of their $4,000 salary, with the balance going to the Castroit regime. After the incident their salary was raised to $1,245, but 60% of the salary is send back to Cuba and only paid to them if they return to the island. Otherwise they forfeit it.

    Obviously this is an “attack on human, individual and labor rights.” The slave labor deal so far is on. Slavery by any other name is still slavery.

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    Re: Exporting Doctors

    Second Cuban doctor abandons Brazil program
    Second Cuban doctor abandons Brazil program

    BRASLIA, Brazil (AP) — A second Cuban physician has abandoned Brazil's program to get foreign and Brazilian doctors to work in impoverished and underserved areas.

    Dr. Ortelio Jaime Guerra says on his Facebook page that he left his assigned post the city of Pariquera-Acu in Sao Paulo state and is now in the United States.

    The Health Ministry confirmed the Cuban doctor had left the "More Doctors" program.

    Last week, Dr. Ramona Matos Rodriguez left her post in the state of Para complaining the Cuban government was keeping most of her monthly wage of $4.165. She has applied for entry to the U.S.

    Nearly 10,000 doctors, mostly Cuban, have signed up for the More Doctors program. Hundreds of Cuban doctors working in other countries also have left their posts to go to the U.S.
    In the last two years over 3,100 Cuban doctors have defected to foreign countries despite the risks. They pay a heavy price by doing that, since their families are not allow to leave the island for at least 5 years. The regime retain their passports, medical degree and qualifications making very difficult for them the re-validation process and work in their profession in other countries.
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    Re: Exporting Doctors

    Pay raise for Cuban doctors recruited by Brazil
    Pay raise for Cuban doctors recruited by Brazil | Fox News Latino

    Published February 28, 2014 / EFE

    The Brazilian government announced Friday that it will raise the wages of close to 7,400 Cuban doctors it recruited for its healthcare program in poor areas following the defections that occurred at the beginning of the month.

    The wages Cuban doctors receive will be raised from the current $400 a month to $1,125 beginning in March, Health Minister Arthur Chioro told a press conference.

    The raise required negotiations with Cuban authorities, to whom Brazil pays 10,000 reais ($4,255) a month for each professional in line with a cooperation accord mediated by the Pan American Health Organization.

    Brazil will not be spending more, while Cuba will boost the amount it sends to each doctor, according to Chioro.

    "The increase in salaries does not raise the amount Brazil pays for their services. We reached an agreement with PAHO and we depend on the good faith of the Cuban government to increase the amount the doctors receive," the minister said.

    Each doctor originally received $400 for living in Brazil, while Cuba deposited another $600 in a bank account in Havana that the health professionals could only withdraw at the end of the contract.

    Following the new accord, Cuba will pay $1,000 directly to each of their doctors in Brazil and will raise its monthly contribution by $245.
    The negotiation came after at least two Cuban doctors defected in Brazil and complained of the little money their received from Havana to work in a country with a higher cost of living than that of other nations where they have served.

    Brazilian authorities admit they have no idea of the whereabouts of three other Cuban doctors, who apparently also defected.

    For the program "Mas Medicos" (More Doctors), aimed at improving healthcare in isolated rural areas and urban slums, the Brazilian government has contracted some 9,420 foreign doctors to date, of whom close to 70 percent are from Cuba. EFE
    The Castroit regime collect more than $6 billion a year from the pay of its health workers. See table 1 for service exports up to 2010.


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