Sep 042012

In the never ending healthcare debate, it’s not uncommon to have Cuba thrown into the conversation. The argument goes that the island has universal healthcare that is accessible to all. It’s not true, but let’s assume for a moment that the Michael Moore crockumentary Sicko doesn’t present a realistic view of Cuban healthcare and the awesomeness it supposedly entails. Let’s instead look at a recent Facebook post discussing a very real situation. The names and photos are redacted to protect the identity of the Facebook poster.

Let’s first look at the Facebook post:

Facebook post for surgery that wasn’t done in Cuba

The Facebook post was innocent and not made with any expectation that it would be analyzed for anything other than thanking the doctors for helping a family member. But, it’s very easy to see that basic cataract surgery was unavailable to the aunt in Cuba. The legendary healthcare in Cuba was unable to provide a surgery that is done on an outpatient basis in the U.S.

It would be easy to go into a lengthy analysis about voluntary surgeries, third party payers, insurance company mismanagement, Obamacare, etc. But allowing the simplicity of the Facebook post speak to the fact that the Cuban system is not all that Michael Moore presents it as and may not be where we want to go.

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