The truth about Cuban healthcare

Healthcare in Cuba has two tiers.

The first is First World quality, but restricted to foreigners and Party elite.  Medical tourists pay in hard currency, which provides oxygen to the regime. Cuba does big business in Botox, liposuction, and breast implants. In addition to separate medical facilities, rich foreigners enjoy separate hotels, separate beaches, and separate restaurants.

Cuban citizens get the dregs. So deplorable is the health care in Cuba that old-fashioned diseases are back with a vengeance. These include tuberculosis, leprosy, and dengue and typhoid fevers. Hospitals and clinics are crumbling. Basic medications are scarce and the equipment that doctors have to work with is either antiquated or nonexistent. Patients must bring their own bed sheets, soap, towels, food, light bulbs — even toilet paper.

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I wrote about Cuba’s nightmarish healthcare system back in 2012.

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