Understanding the Brazil-Cuba More Doctors Program

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Cuban doctors talk to a former Health Minister. Photo: Marcello Casal Jr./ABr

Healthcare professionals are Cuba’s main “exports,” with some 37,000 of the country’s doctors currently working in 77 countries. The Cuban government reportedly earns roughly USD 8 billion every year by sending its doctors abroad — and then pockets the lion’s share of their monthly salaries. Apparently, though, part of that revenue will be over after 2018, as Cuba announced it will withdraw from the More Doctors Program (Programa Mais Médicos), created in 2013. The reason: Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro.

Mr. Bolsonaro announced on Twitter—as he likes to do—that the continuity of the program would be subject to equivalence exams to...

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