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Tuesday, September 20, 2005 By: Juan Paxety
International Doctors Brigade from fidel
fidel castro says he's found a use for all of those doctors he wanted to send to the U.S. after Hurricane Katrina - he's creating an international doctor's brigade. The BBC reports the doctors will go to countries hurt by natural disasters and serious epidemics. The brigade will eventually be 3,300 strong as new graduates join the 1,500 doctors castro had offered the U.S.
Sounds good, huh? Except conditions in the hospitals real Cubans have to go to are terrible - they lack medicine and basic hygiene. And in other countries where fidel's doctors have been sent, there have been big problems. In Venezuela, for instance, the free healthcare given by the underpaid and government subsidized Cuban doctors is forcing the Venezuelan doctors out of business. In Paraguay, the Cuban doctors showed themselves so skilled at espionage, 700 of them were expelled from the country.
So what will be the fates of the countries who accept the aid of fidel's doctor brigade?