Sunday, July 3, 2011

Hugo Chavez (Venezuelan President) Chooses to Get Cancer Treatment in Cuba Instead of Venezuela

It is always the same story. A leader sets up socialized medicine in their home country talking about how much better it is then the capitalized systems. Then, when their life or the life of a loved one is in jeopardy, they get treatment outside of the system they set up and force their people to use. That is about as clear an admission in their system's inferiority as you can get.

Exit question; how bad are the hospitals in Venezuela that Chavez opted for Cuban hospitals instead?

"Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is on his fourth week in the hospital in Havana, raising this question back home: Why doesn’t he get cancer treatment in Caracas?

“Because he knows he could die here!” said Alfonzo Linares, a security guard in Caracas’ Bello Monte neighborhood. “What goes around comes around. He governed badly, giving away our riches to other countries. You can die in a hospital here. The health system is useless, so he had to run to Cuba.”

To many experts, Chávez’s decision to stay behind in Havana to be treated for an unspecified cancer is a tacit admission that his efforts to rebuild the Venezuelan public health care system failed. Staying in Cuba and praising its medical care is at the same time a reaffirmation of his choice to create a parallel health system staffed with Cuban doctors, and a recognition that when it came to his own illness, Chávez had nowhere else to turn, experts say.

For Venezuelan doctors, it underscores what the Caracas medical establishment has said for years: the country’s public health system is in shambles, and the Cuban clinics Chávez built have not fared much better.

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