I don’t know what the back-room negotiations were, but the Brazilian government has changed its mind, even when the medical association doesn’t want uncertified Cuban medics:
The Brazilian Health Ministry signed an agreement Wednesday with the U.S.-based Pan-American Health Organization, or PAHO, to bring 4,000 doctors from Cuba by the end of the year. They’ll participate in a program—known as Mais Médicos, or “more doctors”–that the government launched in July amid massive street demonstrations calling for better public services such as health care.
Good luck wit that; Doctors are not Cuba’s only import, there’s also cholera:
in the past several weeks, there has been five cases (Italy (1), Venezuela (2) and Chile (2)) of cholera reported, all related to travel to Cuba.
Then there’s the issue of the Cuban doctors not knowing how to treat TB, HIV or the complications of diabetes, or even women in labor.
Domestically, that highly-touted, fictional “excellent free Cuban healthcare” is about to get worse: Back in 2007 I posted about the doctor shortage in Cuba, created from the “doctor”-import business when one-fifth of Cuba’s health care labor supply – some 14,000 doctors and 6,000 health workers – has been contracted out to work in Venezuela.
The doctor trade is hugely profitable for the Cuban government,
Under the program, Brazil’s federal government pays doctors a monthly salary of 10,000 Brazilian reais ($4,098) to work three years in urban slums and other needy areas such as rural towns, the Amazon River basin and impoverished northeastern states, where medics have long been scarce. In the case of doctors from Communist-run Cuba, the money will be channeled through PAHO from the Brazilian government to the Cuban government, a Health Ministry official said.
Of that $4,098, the Cuban government will give the “doctors” a $200/month allowance, and the rest (after PAHO’s commission), is pure profit.
You be the judge.