Pathological Deceit: The NYT Inverts Reality on Venezuela's Cuban Doctors

Koerner, Lucas; Vaz, Ricardo

Publisher:  Fair
Date Written:  26/03/2019
Year Published:  2019  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23588

Claims that the Maduro government is using Cuban doctors to coerce voters by refusing care to the opposition are based on very dubious evidence.




Relying on the testimony of three Cuban doctors who have defected from the Venezuelan/Cuban health mission and taken up residence in other countries, as well as 16 anonymous sources within Venezuela, Casey provides the reader with shocking vignettes of how Cuban medical personnel have supposedly been used to manipulate Venezuelan politics.

One central allegation is that the Barrio Adentro healthcare mission staff, most of them Cuban doctors, are denying patients care on the basis of political affiliations. One Cuban doctor currently residing in Chile told the Times that one patient was refused treatment "because she was from the opposition." The only other evidence to substantiate this grave accusation is the account of an opposition mayor who claims he was "denied medication."

As has been widely documented, defector testimonies are often unreliable, given the political stakes involved. Similar reservations apply to a politician aligned with an opposition spearheading a foreign-backed coup in Venezuela.

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