Chavez in Cuba for medical treatment

Now that cloud has become darker with the news that Hugo Chávez is to return to Cuba for chemotherapy to treat his abdominal cancer, the severity of which is still unknown.

Isn\’t it funny how these socialists, intent on building a better world with lovely health care for all, so often go off and use someone else\’s health care system when they themselves are ill?

Fidel himself imported a surgeon from Spain to treat his own disease, recall.

You can imagine the outrage if Ed, or Dave, or any one of them, flew off to Germany, France or the US for treatment, can\’t you?

7 thoughts on “Chavez in Cuba for medical treatment”

  1. Nope, not funny. It’s probably no coincidence that these things happen in countries where expressing outrage isn’t an option. Still one must go to any lengths to preserve and extend the life of the great leader…

  2. Expressing outrage may not be an option in Cuba, but it certainly is in Venezuela. Hence all the outrage being expressed.

    Chavez would doubtless say on this front “I’m trying to build a world-class healthcare system in Venezuela, I’ve invested $lots in doing so (which he has), but doctors aren’t trained or hospitals built overnight”.

    (and if Ed or Dave had some serious medical condition, I don’t think there’d be any outrage at all in importing one of the best surgeons in the world from overseas to treat him in a British hospital, which is Castro’s position).

  3. Hey, that was my comment! You’ve just been waiting for an excuse to recycle it 😉

    To be fair, though, this is by no means confined to Socialists, evil though they undoubtedly are. The gulf-state folk pour uncounted billions into their hospitals but still go off to the States for treatment.

  4. John B:

    “Chavez would doubtless say on this front “I’m trying to build a world-class healthcare system in Venezuela, I’ve invested $lots in doing so (which he has), but doctors aren’t trained or hospitals built overnight”

    You left out the unspoken bit-

    “So I’m heading off overseas on your money to get the best chance for my well-being and you can take whats left over here–never mind–one day Venezuela will have socialist health care for ordinary little people to match even that of Cuba (silent laughter)”.

    Either Chavo must believe the horseshit about the socialist paradises tip-top health care (if you are Castro) or he would have gone to the US himself… no he can’t really can he?. China maybe–he could have asked the bosses over there to partake of their facilities–without losing socialist face. Or do they go to the US as well?

  5. Cuban healthcare isn’t up to UK standards (never mind rich US), but it’s better than nearly all third-world healthcare. Since Chavez’s ideology is more about pan-Latin-American-anti-US-ery (or anti-imperialism if you like him, which I don’t) than just Being a Commie, China wouldn’t really fit.

  6. Sir Stafford Cripps, who was Chancellor of Exchequer at the founding of the NHS, was a frequent patient at the Bircher-Brenner (as in birchermuesli) clinic in Zurich, where he died in 1952. I don’t think there were many accusations of hypocrisy at the time, but maybe dearieme will correct me on that.

  7. Healthcare here in Costa Rica is way better than Cuba’s. But then it’s not really a Third World country, so I suppose the point stands.

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