Archive for the ‘healthcare’ Category

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.


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.

Linked to by Dustbury. Thank you!

Mexico: Navigators helping people sign up for Obamacare

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

regardless of citizenship:

“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:

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.


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.

Corruption in Venezuela’s Cuban medical missions

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Lengthy first-hand account of
Cuba’s Medical Missions in Venezuela: Hotspot for Corruption

The Business of La Pradera

The well-known (and questionable) health services agreement between Caracas and Havana contains a clause that has existed since April of 2001: the sending of Venezuelan patients (mainly the poorest) to Cuba, to receive medical attention at the La Pradera International Health Center located in Siboney, Havana, and to other hospitals in the capital that have been equipped for such services.

It was a top priority mission which was overseen every Friday, in the early hours of the morning, by Fidel Castro himself (until stepping down due to illness in 2006). I can offer a detailed testimony of this because I worked in this mission every Friday from 2001 to 2003, and was even entrusted with secret tasks during this time.

To get a sense of the importance of this whole affair, suffice it to know that the Venezuelan patients were transported to Havana in Fidel Castro’s personal plane (flown by his crew).

The patients were selected during field surveys conducted by the medical doctors in each of Venezuela’s municipalities or states. Following this selection process, the patients files were sent to the Miraflores presidential palace for a final assessment and then the patients traveled to Havana.

As in other areas, the more streetwise and business-minded Cubans came along and began to profit from this privileged service Cuba was offering poor Venezuelan patients. That is how seats on these flights to Cuba began to be sold.

Who were making these sales? It wasn’t the doctors out in the field, working hard to overcome many difficulties in Venezuela’s most recondite places. It was those in charge of these missions, those who represented Cuba at Miraflores: Dr. Rafael Garcia Portela, head of the control office responsible for sending Venezuelan patients to La Pradera, and his colleague Frank Diaz, as well as their respective wives.

These white-collar criminals set up their base of operations in Caracas’ presidential palace, selling seats on the Havana-bound plane for US $2,000 and even $3,000. The beneficiaries were the relatives of Venezuelan government officials and the country’s bourgeoisie (from both the Chavista and not-so Chavista camp).

When we came upon these crimes, after going over the clinical histories, names and social strata of the patients, the officials in charge of the investigation almost immediately discovered that they had even used fake names and resorted to unlawful proceedings to carry out the activities.

During a coordination meeting, we sent a report to Hugo Chavez, who immediately consulted with his mentor and the project sponsor, Fidel Castro. Time passed and we saw no measures taken by the government, which failed to explain why some rich people could hop on the plane with tickets sold to them by the criminals at Miraflores.

Chavez’ Father

Officials at La Pradera, corrupt Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) officials and even Central Committee members involved in coordinating these activities were getting a cut out of those US $3,000.

These “bombshells” about the idealized health plan aimed at poor Venezuelans began to go off in Cuba, but Fidel Castro was told a different story and the whole thing was shelved.

Read the whole thing.

Question: can slaves hired out for profit to some plantation other than that of their master ever be trusted not to cheat, especially when cheating is the only known means of survival they have ever known, back at home?

Brasil: Médico cubano relata exploração do trabalho na Ilha dos irmãos Castro

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Cuban doctor Carlos Rafael Jorge Jiménez, now a naturalized Brazilian citizen, speaks out at the Chamber of Deputies (Congress) about the reality of the slave labor conditions Cuban “doctors” will endure. If you understand Spanish, you’ll understand his Portuguese.

h/t Capitol Hill Cubans