Venezuela, Chavez, Medical Care

Written by: Franklin Marquez – Miami, Florida – July 10, 2011

[Franklin Marquez – Age –50’s; Birthplace – Santiago de Cuba, Cuba; Residence – Miami, Florida, U.S.; Lives with Wife and Children; Occupation – Attorney, Writer, Moderator of the Blog]

What is with the relationship between Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, Venezuela with Cuba?  Well, apparently it’s just that Chavez wants to be like Castro, and wants the country for which he’s a dictator to be like Cuba.

It’s always been known that he greatly admires Castro and the Cuban government and wanted to emulate them. It is said that the guards he hires to protect him in his rambling and circuitous manner of hiding are Cuban guards. If they’ve been able to protect Fidel from hundreds and hundreds of attempts on his life, including many documented attempts by the U.S. and the CIA, then they must be good.

Then there’s the huge respect for Cuban doctors.  Chavez chose to go to Cuba to remove the so-called “cyst” on his hip. Maybe he really did have one, related to the cancer, but it took weeks of speculation and concern about his whereabouts and condition before he revealed that he had an unnamed cancer.

So why’d he have to go to Cuba to have the surgery?  Was it because their doctors are better than his own country’s? Hasn’t he gotten enough Cuban doctors to Venezuela yet?  Or was it just because he knew he had a condition that he needed to keep secret, at least for a while?

Who knows?  Maybe, who cares?  There’s plenty of speculation. Interestingly, Cuba has not issued exit visas to some doctors who have wished to repatriate to Venezuela.  Hmm, maybe they let too many get away.

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