With No Cuban Doctors, Brazil Struggles

Soured relations between Cuba and Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro has left 28 million Brazilians with reduced access to medical care.
 
During his presidential campaign, Bolsonaro insisted that payment for the more than 8,500 Cuban doctors working in Brazil should go to the doctors themselves and not the Cuban government. In November, Cuba announced that it was recalling the doctors. Bolsonaro’s promise to replace the doctors with Brazilian physicians hasn’t succeeded.
 
More than 3,800 public-sector medical positions haven’t been filled, sharply reducing access to doctors and care in more than 3,000 municipalities.
 
The New York Times

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