If Cuba is such a paradise, wonder why so many people risk their lives leaving it?
Dr. Jaime Suchlicki of the University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies explains the three levels of health care in Cuba:
First is for foreigners known as “medical tourism” who pay in hard currency and get First World treatment of clean, well supplied and state-of-the-art medical care.
(Cubans speak of “tourism apartheid”- separate hotels, separate beaches, separate restaurants, separate everything - causing widespread resentment in the general population.)
The second is for Cuban elites — the Party, the military, official artists and writers, etc. Their system, like the one for medical tourists, is top-notch.
The real Cuban system that ordinary people must use is wretched. Conditions are so unsanitary, patients have to bring their own bedsheets, soap, towels, food, light bulbs and even toilet paper. Basic medications are scarce. Finding an aspirin can be a chore and an antibiotic will fetch a fortune on the black market.
You scare me sometimes.