posted on May, 7 2004 @ 09:13 PM
You make it sound like its a good trade off, but its not.
I have family there and I was there in 2001 for a month.
These are the facts, which I have stated before:
They do have free health care but more often than not they don't have enough supplies of any kind. They do what they can with what they have.
Even thou education is free, not everyone over there is a doctor or have highly specialized professions. For some people the crappy pay is not
enough to go through all the studies you have to do for such professions. It is a lot more lucrative to do business in the streets and trade stuff
than studying for a profession, which is going to pay you the same as if you didn't study anything at all.
If it is a big family, while some members of the family can study and become doctors, or whatever, the rest of the family have to find ways to bring
more food to the table, which is not easy. Because of this, small families more often than not cannot afford to have their children study to be a
doctor, and these people have to go to the streets and find some way to get food on the table, and even then we have to send money over there for them
to make it through the month many times.
My own family over there is big, and while some are doctors, dentists, biologists, the others that didn't want to go through all the trouble of
studying, try to find ways to bring food to their plates everyday.
While i was there one of my fillings fell off, and while one of my cousins took me to replace the filling, she told me she wasn't sure they had
amalgam, which is the only type of filling they have. When we got to her office, they did not have any, so i had to wait until i returned to the
States to get my tooth fixed.
Now, there are "some" hospitals for rich tourists and most certainly these have everything you need and even more, but the hospitals for the Cuban
people are not well supplied, at all.
As for literacy...i believe the government of Cuba, that is Fidel Castro, has...humm....kind of fixed those statistics, he is known to do that. The
level of literacy in Cuba is not so high as they make it look like.
[Edited on 7-5-2004 by Muaddib]