Who wouldn’t love to be able to go to the doctor whenever you want on someone else’s dime? I can understand why people feel this way, especially those who are unable to afford health insurance but make too much money to qualify for medicare or medicaid. But, while some European countries can afford to pay for health care for everyone (at least for a while) their service is slow and the government gets to decide what doctor you can use, or whether you can go to the doctor. Maybe its just me, but I’d rather take my chances with an insurance company. At least I can choose to go elsewhere. With the government, you have no other options. Unless you’re really wealthy and can afford to pay for a private doctor.
Anyway, with the movie Sicko hitting theaters to rave revues, and many comments about how wonderful Castro’s socialized medicine system is in Cuba, I thought I’d do a little picture post courtesy of therealcuba.com
Here is a toilet in the emergency room at a Cuban hospital
Here’s the actual emergency room
Here’s where you’d get a blood sample taken
The wash basin in the orthopedic wing
And finally, here’s a picture of one of Cuba’s old folks homes. The brown stuff on the floor… take a guess
Socialized Medicine… I’ll take my chance with the evil capitalists.