Brazilian Unions Challenge Exploitation of Cuban Doctors

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Excerpt from NPR:

Brazilian medical unions are trying to mount a court challenge to the use of Cuban doctors [t]here.

Jose Roberto Murisset, the human rights secretary of the National Doctors Federation, says that the Cuban government takes most of the money that is paid for the doctors. The Brazilian government has also decreed that the Cuban doctors have no right to ask for asylum in Brazil.

"Brazil has strong labor rights, but these Cuban doctors don't have their rights guaranteed," he says.

The main bone of contention is that foreign doctors arriving under the new program don't have to take the Brazilian medical exam to practice. Murisset says that many of the doctors coming from abroad would fail the test and are underqualified.

"Maybe the government thinks that these regions don't need a full doctor. Maybe they think they need only a half doctor," he says.