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    Re: Fidel Castro, Longtime Dictator of Cuba, Has Died

    Under the Castroit regime Cubans have experienced the deterioration of practically all health indicators, from sanitation to housing. The increase in infectious diseases in the island like dengue, cholera, leptospirosis (rat fever) and other viruses, does not correlate with the life-expectancy statistics of the regime.

    Life expectancy at birth in Cuba:

    1931: 43.8 years, among the best in the world. See Chart. http://migratio.cesga.es/article.php3?id_article=41

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

    2014: 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 48th; Chile 52nd; Panama 56th, and Costa Rica 58th.

    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: Fidel Castro, Longtime Dictator of Cuba, Has Died

    There are a total of 70,000 Cuban doctors. According to MINSAP 30,000 Cuban doctor’s work overseas and another 13,000 have left Cuba. The actual numbers of doctors in Cuba is around 27,000. Of those 10% quit their profession to work in more lucrative jobs, leaving only 24,300 working in their profession. The regime has acknowledged that there is a shortage of doctors and nurses in Cuba. On December 2007 the vice minister of public health, Joaquín García Salaberría, took the highly unusual step of admitting on Cuban television that there were shortages of doctors and nurses. The real per capita of doctors in Cuba is one doctor per 469 people. This would rank Cuba in 57th place in physician density per population.

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    The Castroit regime has for many years been treating the health care personnel as “exportable commodities.” It is a modern day version of trafficking in human beings, a multibillion dollars form of international crime, a violation of human rights. In 2013 the regime earned $10.4 billion exporting professional services, especially in the health sector, to other countries, the same amount brought by total exports, tourism and remittances all together in 2013 (Service exports minus tourism, Oficina Nacional de Estadísticas de Cuba).

    Financially, "doctor diplomacy" is an outstanding source of income for the Castroit regime economy since MINSAP pays doctors and other personnel only a small fraction of the millions of dollars that are received by the regime.

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    Re: Fidel Castro, Longtime Dictator of Cuba, Has Died

    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Mal View Post
    I've been to Cuba. I've driven down a long back road through farm country and seen a farmhouse beside the road with a big red cross painted on the wall. A doctor lived there and anyone from around could just walk in to his clinic. I've talked to labourers with university degrees and school kids come from all over to a week-long basketball tournament. I've spent days in private houses with suites for tourists, 'casas particulaire', and eaten meals in private homes with tables for twelve paying guests, 'paladares'. I've been down streets and alleys all over Havana and never saw a beggar or hooker or drug dealer or shabby homeless person. here's hitch-hikers everywhere and it's against the law for someone with a government plate to pass them by.
    Obviously it's not the ideal society, but obviously the average Cuban is far better off than the average Jamaican or Dominican. And a long way better off than before the revolution. If there had never been a US embargo Cuba wouldn't have had to turn to the Soviet Union to sell sugar and history would have been different.
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    Re: Fidel Castro, Longtime Dictator of Cuba, Has Died

    Cuba has had one of the most literate populations in Latin America since well before the Castro revolution. Cuba national illiteracy rate was 18% in 1958, ranking third in Latin America. Cuba was the Latin American country with the highest budget for education in 1958, with 23% of the total budget earmarked for this expense. This data is found in the archives of Cuba's Ministry of Education.

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    The female percentage, in relation to the total student population, was the highest in the Western Hemisphere including the US. The United Nations Statistics Division yearbook of 1959 shows Cuba having 3.8 university students per 1,000 inhabitants, well above the Latin America median of 2.6. Cuban texts books were exported to several Latin American countries, bringing $10 million revenue in 1958. UNESCO (1960) recognized Cuba as the only Latin-American country which since 1940 reached the goal that all the teachers possessed a title of normal school or university pedagogy title.

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    Re: Fidel Castro, Longtime Dictator of Cuba, Has Died

    Under the Castroit regime has been a big decrease in the number of rural schools. In 2014 there were 4,729 rural schools for a population of 11.2 million, and in 1958 there were 4,889 rural schools for a population of 6.5 million. It is striking that the population increases and the number of rural schools decreases.

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