From all available reports, Hugo Chavez is in critical condition in a hospital in Cuba. The Venezuelan communist dictator was taken to Cuba several weeks ago for an emergency surgery regarding pelvic swelling, which has led many to speculate that he is dealing with prostate cancer. In the irony of ironies, Hugo Chavez was faced with the decision to have to leave his own nation, and the health care system that was supposed to be an example for other nations, to receive care from another questionable health care system in Cuba.
Chavez, a believer that the state should control all industry, including medical services, could not receive the adequate treatment for his life threatening condition in his own nation. This could be because he does not trust any of the doctors in Venezuela with his life threatening condition, or, that there are no doctors left in his nation that are capable of undertaking such surgeries with good outcomes.
If you are faced with having to flee Venezuela and go to Cuba for adequate health care, you’re health care system is in bad shape. As the Des Moines Register recently wrote of single-payer health systems, “A single-payer system sounds great if you don’t have all the facts. Persons from all over the world come here for care they can’t get in their countries. Any single-payer health system could discourage really talented people from going into medicine. We wouldn’t like mediocre health care.”
But in Venezuela, Hugo Chavez would have received mediocre care, and made the gamble that he would be better off in an undisclosed Cuban hospital, where he apparently is still receiving mediocre care. Single payer health systems are bad, and Hugo Chavez is now experiencing this first hand.What's the saying about, "Birds of a feather..."?
So, I leave you with this thought: