socialized medicine

Fidel Castro's medical care in the socialized Cuban paradise

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology
Article Type: 
Editorial
Published Date: 
Sunday, April 1, 2007
Source: 
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0090301907002042

The latest medical reports from Havana assert that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, who is 80-years-old and has ruled the island for 47 years, will recuperate from his mysterious intestinal illness and return to "public life." Venezuelan president, and Castro's sidekick and fawning admirer, Hugo Chavez, likewise affirms that Castro does not have cancer, does not have a terminal disease, and that he will recover, and together they will lead the new Latin American socialist axis of Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador, and, of course, Cuba.

Is There a Natural Right to Medical Care?

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology
Article Type: 
Editorial
Published Date: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2005
Source: 
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0090301905000972

In a memorable editorial, Frank Davidoff, M.D., Editor of the Annals of Internal Medicine (AIM) and Robert D. Reinecke, M.D. of the Jefferson Medical College called for a 28th Amendment to the U.S.

Socialized Medicine in Cuba (Part II): "Doctor Diplomacy," Sex Tourism, and Medical Apartheid

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology
Article Type: 
Article
Published Date: 
Wednesday, September 1, 2004
Source: 
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0090301903007468

In Part I of this essay, we discussed the secret epidemic of dengue fever, the Cuban gulag, and other aspects of Cuban medicine leading to a poor state of health in that Caribbean island, based on Dr. Dessy Mendoza Rivero's book ¡Dengue!-La Epidemia Secreta de Fidel Castro (Dengue! The Secret Epidemic of Fidel Castro).

Socialized (Free) Medical Care in Cuba (Part I): A Poor State of Health

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology
Article Type: 
Article
Published Date: 
Sunday, August 1, 2004
Source: 
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0090301903007456

Those in the United States who yearn for a more "egalitarian" and "equitable" system of medical care "like the one in Cuba" are not familiar with the extraordinary saga of Cuban physician Dr. Dessy Mendoza Rivero, who has managed to get the word out for anyone willing to listen. And they should. ¡Dengue!-La Epidemia Secreta de Fidel Castro (Dengue! The Secret Epidemic of Fidel Castro) is the title of his book and one that should be read attentively.

Enhancing Medical Care in the U.S. via Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology
Article Type: 
Editorial
Published Date: 
Thursday, September 1, 2005
Source: 
Surgical neurology, PubMed (Medline)

Over the next three to four years, during President George W. Bush's second term in office, we can expect the United States Congress to continue to move in the direction of improving access and quality of medical care via the implementation of affordable, free market solutions, particularly Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).

Letter to the Editor: Regarding "International Perspective: Neurological Surgery in Nicaragua."

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology
Article Type: 
Letter to the Editor
Published Date: 
Sunday, June 3, 1990
Source: 
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/009030199090014G

I read with interest the article by Robert J. Coffey, M.D., entitled "International Perspective: Neurological Surgery in Nicaragua." The article was informative in its description of neurological surgery per se, but it was unfortunately saturated with much political propaganda (albeit in a neurological journal), which requires some criticism. First, the practice of medicine (and neurosurgery) would not have been as primitive as it was in Nicaragua in 1989 with the Sandinistas if it wasn't for a misdelegation of priorities.

Patients' Bill of Rights or The Trial Lawyers' Bill of Delights

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology
Article Type: 
Editorial
Published Date: 
Tuesday, April 1, 2003
Source: 
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0090301902010534

The proposed Patients' Bill of Rights is presently stalled in a congressional conference committee due to the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Despite its appellation, a misnomer, this legislation has nothing remotely to do with extending basic traditional rights of citizenship to Americans or of providing protections against medical rationing to patients.

Medical Warriors: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine in America

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology
Article Type: 
Article
Published Date: 
Saturday, May 1, 1999

Under the present developing system of medical care - i.e., managed care and HMOs (corporate socialized medicine), physicians today (including neurosurgeons) are subject to cost-effective analysis or economic credentialing-the methodology by which hospitals and health care networks (particularly HMOs) use utilization review data about physician medical practices (not to determine quality as claimed, but more accurately, to monitor financial impact).

Vandals at the Gates of Medicine---Have They Been Repulsed or Are They Over the Top?

Journal/Website: 
Surgical Neurology
Article Type: 
Article
Published Date: 
Sunday, June 1, 1997
Source: 
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0090301997001134

As we ponder the destructive changes unfolding today in health care and medical practice, we find ourselves questioning whether the government push and attempted takeover of the health care industry was truly repulsed by the American people following the consummation of the great health care debate of 1993 and 1994.

Boomerang: Health Care Reform and the Turn Against Government by Theda Skocpol

Journal/Website: 
Amazon.com
Article Type: 
Book Review
Published Date: 
Monday, May 1, 2000
Source: 
http://www.amazon.com/Boomerang-Health-Reform-against-Government/product-reviews/039331572X/ref=sr_1_1_cm_cr_acr_pop_hist_all?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&qid=1307111929&sr=1-1

Boomerang by Theda Skocpol, a professor of government and sociology at Harvard University is subtitled, "Clinton's Health Security Effort and the Turn Against Government in U.S. Politics." And indeed, this book is about politics, not about the reality of what went on in those crucial years. One comes out with the impression that the book was written to bring the author to the attention of the Clinton administration.

Overdose of Socialism

Journal/Website: 
The New American
Article Type: 
Article
Published Date: 
Monday, June 21, 1999

On June 23, 1995, a swarm of armed men invaded the Mason, West Virginia medical office of Dr. Danny R. Westmoreland. With their guns drawn, the intruders ordered everyone, including a nine-year-old child, to stand against a wall while the office was ransacked. The marauders were agents of the federal "health police," and they had violated the sanctuary of Dr. Westmoreland's office - which is also his home - and terrorized patients at gunpoint in order to execute a search warrant against the physician.

Federal Assault

Corporate Socialized Medicine Threatens Medical Profession

Journal/Website: 
Human Events
Article Type: 
Article
Published Date: 
Friday, August 15, 1997

Despite all the media hullabaloo about a growing medical marketplace and the supposedly conservative changes being brought about by the November 1994 Republican revolution, corporate socialized medicine is making headway and becoming a reality, step-by-step, under the rubric of managed care and a mislabeled "free market."

The fact is we still face an ominous threat from those who seek to destroy the noble profession of medicine, enslave the healers, and dispose of those whose quality of life they deem not worth living.

Book Review: The Nazi War on Cancer by Robert N. Proctor

Journal/Website: 
The Freeman--Ideas on Liberty
Article Type: 
Book Review
Published Date: 
Sunday, October 1, 2000

The Nazi War on Cancer by Robert N. Proctor is a deeply disturbing book for it describes in a good light what the author calls "the lesser-known 'flipside' of fascism-the side that gave us struggles against smoking, campaigns for cleaner food and water, for exercise and preventive medicine."

Socialized Medicine in Cuba 2002 (Part II): Other Hidden Faces of Cuban Medicine

Journal/Website: 
NewsMax.com
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Monday, August 26, 2002
Source: 
http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2002/8/25/220915.shtml

In Part I of this essay, we discussed the secret epidemic of dengue fever, the Cuban gulag and other aspects of Cuban medicine leading to a poor state of health in that Caribbean island, based on Dr. Dessy Mendoza Rivero's book "¡Dengue! ­ La Epidemia Secreta de Fidel Castro" (in Spanish only).

Socialized Medicine in Cuba 2002 (Part I): A Poor State of Health!

Journal/Website: 
NewsMax.com
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Tuesday, August 20, 2002
Source: 
http://archive.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2002/8/19/174145.shtml

Those who yearn for a more "egalitarian" and "equitable" system of medical care "like the one in Cuba" are not familiar with the extraordinary saga of Cuban physician Dr. Dessy Mendoza Rivero. But they should be! "¡Dengue! ­ La Epidemia Secreta de Fidel Castro," the title of his book, is one they should read. But they won't!