Week in Review
The proponents of Obamacare say the United States is the only advanced economy in the world that doesn’t have national health care. Which is probably why the American health care system is the best in the world. And things like this happen where they do have national health care (see Brazilian doctors remove the wrong leg of patient before amputating other leg by The Associated Press posted 10/9/2013 on The Vancouver Sun).
A Brazilian hospital says a patient with diabetic kidney failure has been left legless after going into an operation to amputate his right leg and having doctors remove his left…
“When the patient’s daughter told doctors they had removed the wrong leg, they amputated the other leg as well.”
Is this an isolated incident? Or is it an indictment of national health care itself? Well, according to the Washington Post (see Brazil, facing health-care crisis, imports Cuban doctors by Paula Moura and Juan Forero posted 8/30/2013) it doesn’t look that much like an isolated incident.
Since the 1960s, Cuba has deployed an army of doctors by the tens of thousands to the world’s most inhospitable corners, from Haiti to Africa’s killing fields to the ultra-violent barrios of Venezuela.
Now, thousands of Cubans are heading to relatively affluent Brazil to shore up a decrepit health-care system that has become a national embarrassment.
Two months after mass protests against the substandard condition of public health and other services, President Dilma Rousseff’s government has signed a deal to bring 4,000 Cubans by the end of the year to serve for three years in forlorn outposts where health officials say Brazilian doctors will not work. Under the contract, Brazil will pay the island’s cash-starved government $4,200 a month per doctor, or $200 million annually.
But the government’s plan has its doubters. Among them is Aline Lais Ribeiro, 17, who on a recent day waited three hours to see the lone doctor working a 24-hour shift in a shabby clinic in this gritty Sao Paulo suburb, one of the 700 towns where Cuban doctors will be assigned. She asked why the government has not put resources into building a quality health-care system to match Brazil’s developed-world pretensions.
So national health care in Brazil is “decrepit.” A “national embarrassment.” And “substandard.” It’s so bad they are getting doctors from Cuba to relive their chronic doctor shortage. With Cubans becoming doctors no doubt so they can escape their godforsaken island. As the Cuban communists prostitute these doctors to bring in some hard currency to their “cash-starved government.”
If these doctors work about a 60-hour week at $4,200 per month that comes to approximately $16.27 per hour. Recently in America unskilled fast-food workers went on strike to raise their hourly wage to $15. Imagine that. Unskilled workers demanding nearly the same amount of money Cuban doctors will work for in Brazil. Well, they won’t get all of that money. Most of it will go to the “cash-starved government” back in Cuba.
As Obamacare rolls out Brazil may lose these Cuban doctors. As Obamacare creates a doctor shortage in the United States the Americans may offer those Cubans as much as $20 an hour to come practice medicine in America. As a bonus incentive they will be able to retain their native language. For the illegal aliens flooding our country who will receive Obamacare speak Spanish. Not Portuguese like they do in Brazil. But Spanish. Like they speak in Cuba. A win-win for the Obama administration. And Cuba. Well, the Cuban government. For if they are exporting 4,000 Cuban doctors that may make the average Cuban wait a lot longer to see a doctor in their national health care system.