Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Cuba no cigar

Cuba no cigar
By Andrew Bolt
Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 01:53pm

Michael Moore's claims about Cuba's infinitely superior health system
are fact checked by the New York Times:

"Actually there are three systems," Dr. Cordova said, because Cuba
has two: one is for party officials and foreigners like those Mr. Moore
brought to Havana. "It is as good as this one here, with all the
resources, the best doctors, the best medicines, and nobody pays a
cent," he said.

But for the 11 million ordinary Cubans, hospitals are often ill
equipped and patients "have to bring their own food, soap, sheets — they
have to bring everything." And up to 20,000 Cuban doctors may be working
in Venezuela, creating a shortage in Cuba. . . .

Until he had to have emergency surgery last year, Fidel Castro —
who turned 80 this year — was considered a model of vibrant long life in
Cuba. But it was only last week that he acknowledged in an open letter
that his initial surgery by Cuban doctors had been botched. He did not
confirm, however, that a specialist had been flown in from Spain last
December to help set things right.

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