Medical Collaboration Abroad / Laritza Diversent

[Translator’s note: This is one of a series of posts…]

According to what the doctors argue in their second letter, they are now “flying the flag on internationalism” through medical collaborations abroad, thanks to health professionals and technicians who stay on the island and take on “the work of those who have been sent on missions.”

“One doctor has to cover the work previously done by 3 or 4 colleagues, and there are cases where it is even more dramatic, all this while trying to deliver the same level of care to the patient and receiving in exchange the same salary they received before,” they argue.

The doctors state that their internationalist colleagues “receive several hundred dollars a month” and return to the island to “a monthly stipend that is completely negligible under existing circumstances.”

March 21 2011