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    Mazorra’s crimes

    posted on Wednesday, 02.02.11

    Mazorra’s crimes

    OUR OPINION: Cuban medical system exposed as fraud, failure

    Cuba’s public system is held up to the world as one of the
    glories of the revolution. It’s supposed to be a major achievement of
    the Castro dictatorship, consistently used to justify the deprivations
    Cuba’s people are forced to endure every day.

    Most Cubans, if not all, know that’s an exaggeration, to put it mildly.
    Yes, Cubans get free medical care. But it’s neither quality care nor
    particularly good. Indeed, a form of healthcare apartheid exists in Cuba
    that offers a higher level of medical treatment for foreigners and
    anyone else who can pay for it, but doles out aspirin to everyone else
    (if they’re available) regardless of ailment.

    That hasn’t kept the Cuban propaganda mill from extolling the virtues of
    the state-run healthcare system. But the latest events surrounding the
    horrific findings at the Havana Psychiatric Hospital, known as Mazorra,
    where electroshock “treatment” for political dissidents has been
    commonly used, are eye-opening and disgusting.

    Pictures of the cadavers of 26 patients whose deaths were officially
    attributed to cold and malnutrition were widely circulated on the
    . They looked like victims of a concentration camp, an
    embarrassment that forced the dictatorship to put some of the medical
    personnel on trial. Thirteen were convicted, with sentences ranging from
    15 to five years in jail.

    Cuba’s healthcare system, like so much of Fidel and Raúl Castro’s
    revolution, stands exposed as a fraud and a failure. The scapegoats are
    headed for . The real criminals are still at large.


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