A Brazilian prosecutor is investigating whether President Dilma Rousseff’s government violated federal labor laws by recruiting 4,000 Cuban physicians this month to work in remote areas like the Amazon. That’s just the latest wrinkle in Brazil’s acrimonious Cuban-doctors controversy, which has everyone from Brazilian physicians in Brasília to Cuban-American politicians in Washington, D.C., up in arms.
But there is a much larger problem involved here than Marxist medics — and it’s one that plagues not just Brazil but most of Latin America. Whether or not Brazilian judges eventually let the Cuban physicians stay or order them to leave, it won’t solve Brazil’s doctor shortage, especially in the medically deprived rural and favela (slum) zones the Cubans are headed to.
- Latin America’s Doc Deficit: Brazil, a Continental Giant, Still Needs to Import Cuban Medics (world.time.com)
- Brazil’s doctors jeer at Cuban medics arriving to work in rural health scheme (theguardian.com)
- Brazil doubles down on its decision to buy slave labor from Cuba’s dictatorship (babalublog.com)
- BRICS to discuss US spying on Rousseff: Brazil (thebricspost.com)