Some fun facts from Cuba…. the hospital patients supply their own syringes, bedsheets, and towels in order to stave off nosocomial infection. Sterile equipment and disinfectants are in short supply in Cuba’s hospitals.
Cervical cancer is the fourth leading cause of death among Cuban woman, and it is largely preventable, but Pap smears are no longer routine for fear of the unhygenic exam practices.
Maternal death, blamed on medical neglect post partum is also on the rise under Castrocare.
Least surprise of all, doctor defections are rampant, with many returning from (training) abroad only to leave health care for jobs which will bring them convertible currency. The Castro answer is to reduce placements in other countries.