May 6, 2007

Column of the Day: Fred Thompson on The Myth of Cuban Healthcare

Filed under: Economy,Quotes, Etc. of the Day,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:02 pm

Most of the points made by Fred Thompson on Wednesday have been made, but bear repeating from time to time. He also mentions a couple of other little-known facts about healthcare in the Workers’ Paradise:

….. one of the most successful public relations coups in history ….. is the story of free, high quality Cuban health care.

….. As many as half of Cuba’s doctors fled almost immediately (after Castro took over) — and defections continue to this day. Castro won’t allow observers in to monitor his nation’s true state, but defectors tell us that many Cubans live with permanent malnutrition and long waits for even basic medical services. Many treatments we take for granted aren’t available at all — except to the Communist elite or foreigners with dollars. For them, Castro keeps “show” clinics equipped with the best medicines and technologies available.

….. It always leaves me shaking my head when I read about some big-time actor or director going to Cuba and gushing all over Castro. And, regular as rain, they bring up the health care myth when they come home.

What is it that leads people to value theoretically “free” health care, even when it’s lousy or nonexistent, over a free society that actually delivers health care? You might have to deal with creditors after you go to the emergency ward in America, but no one is denied medical care here. I guarantee even the poorest Americans are getting far better medical services than many Cubans.

According to Forbes magazine, by the way, Castro is now personally worth approximately $900 million. So when he desperately needed medical treatment recently, he could afford to fly a Spanish surgeon, with equipment, on a chartered jet to Cuba. What does that say about free Cuban health care?

No post on Cuban health care would be complete without a reference back to Captain Ed’s post containing the picture of that system’s most satisfied inhabitants (scroll down just a bit) and its marvelous state of repair (scroll down a bit more).

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