Post by Bob
There ya' go!!! Gimme that ol' commie'ism
gimme that ol' commie'ism
gimme tbat ol' commie'ism
its good enough fo'me...
if its good enough for castro and its good enough
for chavito, its good enough for both o' them,
then its good enough fo' me.
The question is how could anybody in their right
minds follow such a screwed up system, the answere
is they dont.
Why not? Cuba has the best figures in Latin America for a lot of things
and their infant mortality rate is lower than the US. In some ways, Cuba
is a smashing success.
Only iof you believ Castro's statistics that are "politically
influenced" according to international experts and Cubans doctors that
have left the island.
From Promedmail :
The global electronic reporting system for outbreaks
of emerging infectious diseases & toxins,
open to all sources.
ProMED-mail, the Program for Monitoring
Emerging Diseases, is a program of the
International Society for Infectious Diseases.
" People emigrating from Cuba or visiting Cuba, including international
representatives, have reported that it is in line with Cuban Government
policy to report mild cases of dengue as "influenza". Cuban physicians
have confirmed allegations that some disease reporting in Cuba is
See www.promedmail.org Archive Number 19970627.1390
Post by Bob
And they feed their whole population, which not
even the US can seem to do for some reason. Medical care is free for
everyone. Somehow the US cannot accomplish this either.
Anyone can give a third rate medical service as Cubans recieve in the
The only reason that Castro was able to give a (half way decent) medical
service in the past is because he received.
The communist party had had to admit in their own report in 1987 that
most Cubans were dissatisfied with the quality of hospital care (before
the "special period").
reporting a poll made by the communist party in Holguin (the famous "Boletin
Especial" of which a verbatim copy was published by CANF) revealed that out
of 10,756 polled 87.6 were unfavorable "an increase of 3% on the previous
year. The "medicos de la familia" were the best rated "only" 64.9%
(Also quoted in Maurice Halperin, Return to Havana, Vanderbilt University
Press, Nashville, 1994, p.125-126.)
' Even the doctors serving in the government health agencies or ministering
to patients in clinics and hospitals are not informed about new technology
or medical breakthroughs, except for the privileged few the Communist
Party members, the privileged mayimbe class, who are allowed to travel
abroad or employed in the clinics serving the tourist industry
"sociolismo," the Cubans call it. '
"In "Cuba in Revolution," I mentioned the documented case of an ordinary
Cuban citizen who was denied medical care at the Cira García clinic for
foreign tourists. We learn from Dr. Dessy Mendoza that such cases are the
rule rather than the exception. Furthermore, Dr. Mendoza recounts the
difficulties of obtaining even those medications and treatments prescribed
for ordinary Cubans.
He cites cases of patients with cancer who cannot get treatment because the
medications have to be bought with dollars and not Cuban pesos! Yes, some
pharmacies, like the specialized clinics, are authorized by the government
to accept only dollars and are almost exclusively patronized by foreign
tourists and the mayimbe class with access to dollars. So much for Cuba's
revolutionary ideals of social justice and egalitarianism!"
Acclaimed Cuban Medical Care a Sham
Listening to the New York Times or Hollywood's contingent of wide-eyed
Castro worshippers you'd get the idea that medical care in Castro's Cuba
makes America's healthcare system look like a third world system.
Such claims are pure myth.
Dr. Hilda Molina, one of Cuba's top neurosurgeons, a one-time member of the
Cuban parliament, and a confidant of Fidel Castro, made the mistake of
criticizing her nation's medical care system.
Molina exposed Cuba's two-tier medical system that enabled rich foreigners
to come in for treatment at first-class facilities in Cuba, paying in
dollars, while ordinary Cubans got some of the most atrocious medical care
on the planet.
According to The American Thinker magazine, Molina was seriously punished
for her revelations, as well as objecting to Castro's fetal stem-cell
research program on the grounds of conscience.
In the end, she lost her job, her parliament position, her livelihood and
everything she'd worked for.
"Last December, she tried to leave Cuba to visit her Argentinian son, his
wife and their children," the Thinker reported. "There was a showdown at the
Argentinian Embassy and much to its disgrace, the Argentines refused to give
her a visa, shoving her back to Castro's waiting agents on the outside.
Nothing has been heard from her since."
Dr. Molina was not alone in decrying the shabby state of medical care
inflicted on ordinary Cubans under Castro. The American Thinker cited a
Cuban source that took on the issue head-on.
Wrote the Cuban source, babalublog.com "Every single time the island of Cuba
and Fidel Castro's revolution are covered anywhere in the media, one of the
points always mentioned is Cuba's free healthcare. You can practically time
it. If it's in print, you get the lead issue in the first and second
paragraph, a mention of Fidel Castro or one of his cronies in the third
paragraph, and then the plug for the lauded free healthcare available to
Cubans in the fourth. I don't think I've ever read an article about Castro
or Cuba where the 'healthcare' isn't mentioned.
"Every single Castro supporter clings to this healthcare thing like it is
some kind of holy grail. In a debate, the fact that Cuba has the most
political prisoners in the world is ignored. The fact that Cubans on the
island lack even the most basic of necessities is ignored. Tourism apartheid
is ignored. Everything is ignored save for the free healthcare and 100%
"Of course, none of these 'free healthcare!' cheerleaders have ever been to
a Cuban hospital. They've never been to a Cuban clinic. Hospitals and
clinics serving the average Cuban, that is."
The writer then published photographs showing cockroach-infested hospital
rooms: "Cockroaches. Twenty-seven of them to be exact. All swept together
after having been squashed by patients and patrons of El Hospital Clinico
Quirurgico de la Habana."
Other photos showed a hospital interior that would be shut down in the U.S.
because of its shockingly unsanitary conditions.
"Well," wrote the source, "this is just a small reality of Castro's lauded
healthcare in Cuba. This is a hospital in Havana, one Castro once called
'one of the most modern and best ones in the country.' The hospital is in
the nation's capital and the most populated city in the country. Imagine the
conditions of hospitals in smaller cities or rural areas."
Moreover "this is not a hospital that caters to foreigners. This is a
hospital strictly for the Cuban people. Foreigners are treated quite
differently and their facilities are state of the art and, at least,
The photos, taken by two journalists, María Elena Morejón and Carlos
Wotzkow, can be accessed through babalublog.com. Wrote the source, "I urge
each and every one of you to check the ... photographs so that next time,
when some Fidel-loving apologist mentions Cuba's free healthcare, you
remember what they're really talking about: the myth of Cuba's vaunted
On Cuba's apartheid system: