Re: Cuban Doctors Saving Lives in Bolivia
- From: "Dan Christensen" <dchris@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 8 Feb 2007 20:00:05 -0800
On Feb 7, 9:46 pm, "PL" <pl.nos...@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
"BEN" <b...@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
are they some of the 49 that defected in colombia?
This is what Cuban doctors face a limitations of their freedom of movement:
Thousands of Cuban doctors, more than the all field staff of the UN
World Health Organziation as I recall, have brought much needed
medical services to those abandoned by capitalist regimes around the
world. The fact that there are a few rotton applies does not undermine
their heroic contribution to human progress.
Here is a copy of the universal declaration of human rights:
Article 25 states:
"Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the
health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food,
clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and
the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness,
disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in
circumstances beyond his control."
Capitalist regimes around the world, including the USA, routinely
violate this most fundamental of human rights. Cuba, with it limited
resources (thanks again to your beloved embargo), has contributed more
than it share towards countering this shameful legacy. They are even
training doctors to work in impoverished communities of the USA!
This is how much Castro is making by renting out indentured labor (slave
"I think medical services will have replaced tourism as our most important
source of revenue in 2005," said Garcia, who directs the Cuban Economy Study
Center at Havana University.
Source :"Cuba's medical services becoming major moneymaker", South Florida
Sun Sentinel, Dec.18 2005.
"The income to Castro's purse from this "doctor diplomacy" in Zimbabwe alone
is estimated at $1.2 million (U.S.) per month."
Gaither C. Diserción en Zimbabwe empaña la "diplomacia médica" de Castro. El
Nuevo Herald, June, 12, 2000.
Since then, Zimbawbe has experienced a severe economic collapse. It
seems you STILL have been unable to provide any thing more recent.
Generally speaking, countries that can afford it -- like South Africa
-- pay what they can toward subsidizing the Cuban aid effort. Others,
like Honduras and Guatemala have only to pay a small stipend toward
local transportation, food and housing for medical staff. Patients, in
any case, pay nothing for their medical services.
"According to a Cuban economist, overall earnings from the export of
medical, teaching and other professional services could reach $750m (?586m,
£404m) this year, most of it from Venezuela."
"Castro's doctors give Chávez shot in arm", Financial Times, 2/9/05.http://www.americas.org/item_17883
People aren't cattle that can be rented out.
Spare us your crocodile tears, Mr. Lobbyist. You are on record here
(SCC archives) supporting the efforts of local for-profit medical
practioners to expel Cuban doctors who's only "crime" was to treat
patients in remote, impoverished communities that local doctors never
set foot in! (e.g. the recent case of Brazil) Apparently, there isn't
much money in treating the poor there.
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