The Toronto Star has a number of journalists who tend toward supporting socialism, with which I have no problem, except when the socialists are also dictators that are human rights abusers.
The story makes it look like the Castros are being generous and humanitarian in offering medical training to poor students to work in poor places.
But you have to read a lot of the story before the economics are revealed.
Like everything in Cuba, the truth is a little different.
In truth, it is another example of Castro(s) trading in flesh.
They buy doctors for one price and sell them for another.
Just like fish mongers. Or other mongers.
But The Star doesn't make this the focus of the story. Which it could have.
The teachers of these "doctors" (who might be best referred to as "doctor practitioners") are paid in Cuban pesos - equivalent to about USD$30-50 / month. Each teacher has, say, about 200 students - so the "investment" is about $0.20 / month per student.
They (the Castros) "sell" the services of each of these "doctors" to other countries for about $2,000 per month and they - the Castros - keep about $800 - which is a rate of return of 4000%.
They sell people like they sell cigars and rum.
Brian Lloyd French
I am a great admirer of the strength and talents of Cuban people and will share some of my experiences here.