Archive for the ‘health care’ Category

Cubazuela: Free healthcare for all

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Without further comment,

Cuba:
An essay on the decay of the Pedro Borras Hospital, an Art Deco landmark building which housed one of the best hospitals in the Caribbean, The Ghost of a Preventable Death (via Babalu).

Venezuela:
Life in short supply at the Hospital Universitario’s HIV department,

“There are like sixty-five thousand patients receiving treatment in the country. We receive about ten percent of them,” he says, referring to the Universitario, a public entity supported by the government. “There are normally about twenty types of antiretrovirals in the country, of about thirty that exist in the world. Most of them are now not available.”

UN: Cuba to chair World Health Assembly

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

The UN believes statistics put out by totalitarian regimes, so, obscene as this may be, it comes as no surprise:
UN Elects Cuba to Chair World Health Assembly Even as Cubans Lack Aspirin, Basic Health

The consensus election today by 194 WHO member states chose the sole candidate, Cuban Health Minister Roberto Tomas Morales Ojeda.

“The sole candidate” makes me suspect that no one reputable would risk their credibility chairing this farce, n’est-ce pas?

UN Watch condemns “UN handing propaganda victory to a dictatorship” and lists several instances of the abhorrent medical conditions Cubans must endure in the island-prison:

While the Cuban articles claimed the Castro regime has achieved numerous health milestones, experts and international observers say the health system is in disarray.

Although Cuba has sent thousands of doctors to Venezuela in exchange for oil, their doctors are considered poorly trained:

Back in 2008 Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez described how, if you’re admitted to a hospital, you must bring everything:

The room has a thin light and the air smells of pain. I begin to unpack what I’ve brought. I take out the little sack of detergent and the aromatic with which I’ll clean the bath; its aroma floods everything. With the bucket we can bathe the lady, using the cup to pour, because the water faucet doesn’t work. For the great scrubbing I brought a pair of yellow gloves, afraid of the germs that spread in a hospital. Mónica tells me to continue unpacking and I extract the package of food and a puree especially for the sick. The pillow has been a wonder and the set of clean sheets manages to cover the mattress, stained with successive effluvia.

The most welcome is the fan, which I connect to two peeled wires hanging from the wall. I continue to unpack and come to the little bag of medical supplies. I have obtained some needles appropriate for the IV, because the one in her arm is very thick and causes pain. I also bought some gauze and cotton on the black market. The most difficult thing—which cost me days and incredible swaps—is the suture thread for the surgery they are going to do tomorrow. I also brought a box of disposable syringes since she yells to high heaven when she sees the nurse with a glass one.

If you want photos, The Real Cuba posts them in all their gut-churning detail.

Could someone please explain why the U.S. continues to host and fund the UN?


Brazil: We shall soon be hearing about the “excellent healthcare”

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Government Health Program Hires 41 Semiofficial Doctors
Semiofficial, you say?

Despite not fulfilling all the Ministry of Health´s requirements, 41 Brazilian community doctors recently trained in Venezuela were chosen to work for the government´s More Doctors (Mais Médicos) program.

They graduated in November from the Dr. Salvador Allende Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) founded in 2007 by former president Hugo Chávez. Most are linked to left leaning organizations such as the PT or Landless Workers´ Movement. The group has returned to Brazil without fulfilling all the requirements stipulated in article 8 of the Venezuelan Law for the Practice of Medicine.

“After graduating they must practice as a rural doctor for a year or do a two year internship. If not, the ministry won´t sign the diploma and they won´t be able to do a post graduate degree, practice privately or anything else. They are incomplete doctors,” said Fernando Bianco, the Chávez supporting President of the Caracas College of Doctors to Folha.

Ooops,

The non compliance with this requirement contradicts the hiring norms of Mais Médicos as published on January 16. The legal document stipulates that Brazilian doctors trained abroad must prove they are “qualified to practice abroad.”

In fact, they’re not qualified to practice anywhere.

UPDATE:
Linked to by Dustbury. Thank you!

Mexico: Navigators helping people sign up for Obamacare

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

regardless of citizenship:
OBAMACARE NAVIGATORS HELPING PEOPLE ENROLL AT MEXICAN CONSULATES

“Whether they’re Mexican nationals or whether they’re United States citizens or whether they’re in transition– and if they’re there it is our responsibility within all of America to educate on the Affordable Care Act,” Enroll America Field Organizer Jose Medrano told Breitbart News on Wednesday.

Health Care insurance navigator groups hosted an Obamacare enrollment fair on Tuesday in the Mexican Consulate’s Brownsville office, The Rio Grande Guardianreported last Friday, where Mexican nationals among others were counseled about enrolling in the ACA.

This is not the first time the Mexican Consulate has been used to enroll individuals into Obamacare. Get Covered Illinois announced in late February that the Erie Family Health Center hoped to increase its enrollment numbers at the Mexican Consulate in Chicago, The Sun Times reported.

More at the links.

But hey, you people ought to sign up.

Venezuela: Protesting doctors, 1st foreign casualty

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Wearing their lab coats, Doctors stage protest in Venezuela as Venezuela continues to become Cubazuela:

Another victim was reported over the weekend in the western Andean city of Merida, Giselle Rubilar, a 47-year-old Chilean national.

Chile’s outgoing President Sebastian Pinera said in Santiago Monday he had asked Venezuela to investigate her death of a gunshot wound to the head.

“Apparently there was a barricade near where she was living. She approached it and that’s where she was reportedly hit by the bullet that caused her death,” Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno said.

“Not only bullets kill, the lack of medicine does too,” read one sign.

The president of the Venezuelan Medical Federation, Douglas Leon, said 95 percent of hospitals have only five percent of the supplies needed to take care of patients.

“The hospitals are deteriorated, supplies aren’t available and we have to tell patients to buy their own,” medical student Caterine Acosta, 20, told AFP.

Meanwhile, at the Miraflores presidential palace, Maduro touted the 2,500 medical students who he said will graduate this year from programs in partnership with allies like Cuba.

Cuba gets 100,000 barrels of oil a day for sending 40,000 medics to Venezuela.

h/t Babalu.

Cuba: Doctors to earn $40 a month

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

In the island prison, Cuba to Increase Wages for Doctors

The adjustments will be made on the basis of the wage scale, beginning with medical doctors, who are to receive a 100 percent basic wage increase.

That means they’ll make $40/month.

They’ll still need to supplement their earnings through other means, if they don’t want to starve.

H/t Babalu.

In Silvio Canto’s podcast

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

talking about Medical tourism in Latin America plus other issues this week with Silvio and Prof. Carlos A. Roncal.

Live now, and archived for your convenience.

Venezuela: Entire medical system collapsing

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Back when Hugo Chavez was alive, he imported 30,000 Cuban “doctors” (some of which eventually defected), and began buying most medical equipment through Cuba, China and Argentina instead of from the suppliers.

Now the whole country’s medical system – both the “free” healthcare and the private – is collapsing, as Frank Bajak reports:
DOCTORS SAY VENEZUELA’S HEALTH CARE IN COLLAPSE

Last month, the government suspended organ donations and transplants. At least 70 percent of radiotherapy machines, precisely what Gonzalez will need once her tumor is removed, are now inoperable in a country with 19,000 cancer patients – meaning fewer than 5,000 can be treated, said Dr. Douglas Natera, president of the Venezuelan Medical Federation.

Disintegration: Another look at universal health care in Venezuela

Needles, syringes and paraffin used in biopsies to diagnose cancer, drugs to treat it, operating room equipment, X-ray film and imaging paper, blood and the reagents needed so it can be used for transfusions are all in desperately short supply.

Alberto de la Cruz points out the Cubanization of Venezuela:

Under the “leadership” of their puppet governor Nicolas Maduro, this Cuban colony has managed to become almost completely Cubanized in just a few short months. Implementing the same strategies in Venezuela as they have done in Cuba, the Castro dictatorship has driven the health care system in that country into the ground. Unfortunately for them, they have no “embargo” to blame for this destruction. And another unfortunate situation for Cuba’s Castro dictatorship and their sycophants brought about by this development is that it once again proves that the atrocious health care system in Cuba (and now in Venezuela) has nothing to do with “embargoes.” Instead, it has everything to do with corruption and mismanagement at the hands of the criminal and totalitarian Castro regime.

Read the horrifying report here.

Garcia, Lee and Rangel lying for Castro?

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Capitol Hill Cubans posts,
Why Are U.S. Reps. Garcia, Lee and Rangel Lying for Castro Pharma?

The recent letter devised by U.S. Reps. Joe Garcia (D-FL), Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Charlie Rangel (D-NY), among others, pushing for Castro’s latest bio-scam makes the following accusation:

“Despite the high burden of disease, patients and physicians in the U.S. are frustrated, not only by the lack of an effective treatment, but by the lack of a U.S. Pharmaceutical/Biotech effort at developing potential treatments for severe DFU (diabetic foot ulcers).”

This statement is blatantly dishonest.

Indeed it is, as a quick search will show (including stem-cell research conducted across the USA), but CHC went further,

With the help of medical professionals, we’ve been able to easily track down a host of treatments for DFU, most of which have already been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

These include Terrasil, Apligraf, Excellagen, MIST Therapy, Regranex, Dermagraft, ArterioFlow 7500, HealOr, dermaPACE, Grafix, et. al.

Why the lie, then?

Because this whole scam is more about anti-U.S., pro-Castro propaganda, than any serious medical effort.

Indeed.

Brazil: Unions to challenge use of Cuban doctors

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Capitol Hill Cubans:
Brazilian Unions Challenge Exploitation of Cuban Doctors

Brazilian medical unions are trying to mount a court challenge to the use of Cuban doctors [t]here.

Jose Roberto Murisset, the human rights secretary of the National Doctors Federation, says that the Cuban government takes most of the money that is paid for the doctors. The Brazilian government has also decreed that the Cuban doctors have no right to ask for asylum in Brazil.

“Brazil has strong labor rights, but these Cuban doctors don’t have their rights guaranteed,” he says.

The main bone of contention is that foreign doctors arriving under the new program don’t have to take the Brazilian medical exam to practice. Murisset says that many of the doctors coming from abroad would fail the test and are underqualifed.

NPR report: ‘Castrocare’ Divides Doctors In Cuba, Brazil

Ah, the irony: Fidel Castro himself had to import a full operating room and surgical team along with an oncologist, Dr. Jose Luis Garcia Sabrido, when he needed treatment. ‘Castrocare’, indeed.