A Revolution on Life Support

brownpoliticalreview.org - 01-16

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In Cuba, what do a Coco Taxi driver, an AirBnB host, and a waitress have in common? They could all have previously worked as physicians. In the country’s current economic landscape, where depleted material resources and a mixed economic system have left doctors with little financial incentive to continue their professions, many have abandoned their posts to pursue better incomes by working in the tourism industry. Unless the Cuban government takes action, the dearth of doctors will continue to deepen. If the government wishes to maintain the ideals of the Cuban Revolution—eradicating poverty and instituting racial, class, and gender equality—it must raise wages for doctors.