Wow.... some of you are way off in lala land....Here's a corollary for those claiming the conditions are abhorrent.
My fiance is enrolled in her second year at the Atlantic Veterinary College. They have a teaching hospital with all the latest equipment for doing everything from aneasthetization to cardiac surgery to horse orthopedic surgery and everything in-between. In short they have everything you would expect to find in a university/research hospital.
This summer she went down to Central America with a volunteer organization. They provided veterinary services ranging from check-ups to parasite control, to surgery. The areas they did surgeries in had no closed areas with HEPA filters, no dedicating recovery room. The animals were recovered on a piece of cardboard on a dirt floor. They didn't lose any animals, because they were aware of the environment they were in, and took the necessary steps to mitigate that risk.
Sure, Cuban hospitals don't have the same infrastructure that we enjoy in the West, but they get by on per capita health care costs of close to $250 per person per year. In Canada we spend well over 10 times that amount, and we have barely distinguishable metrics on health care. Americans spend even more without getting better lifetime expectancy.
But this is all moot compared to the actual
proposal made by the Island Party.
Perhaps most of you folks missed this part, but the idea is to bring doctors
here, not Cuban style infrastructure.
The analogy to my fiance is that these are trained professionals, that deliver comparable results in conditions quite different from that which we enjoy here. If the conditions were so unsanitary, they wouldn't have similar life expectancies...
So long as they can show equivalency with our board exams for certification, then they'd be fine. Recently an American physician tried to practice here in PEI. His familly has been spending their summers here for decades, and this year he finally decided that he would like to offer his services here. But, he would have to be interviewed, and potentially take some school to refresh. This was unacceptable to him, as he has practiced in the US for years. But that's the kind of bureaucracy we have. Would be no different for a Cuban doctor.