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Cuba Begins Withdrawing Doctors From Brazil; Situation Could Reduce Health Care Access For Those In Remote Areas

The Guardian: Thousands of Cuban doctors leave Brazil after Bolsonaro’s win
“Cuba has begun withdrawing 8,300 doctors working in some of the poorest regions of Brazil, prompting fears that indigenous villages, small towns, and isolated rural communities could soon be left without medical care…” (Phillips/Augustin, 11/23).

The Lancet: Cuban doctors’ withdrawal from Brazil could impact health
“…The decision was made after Brazil’s president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, stated that Cuban doctors would be allowed to remain in the program only if they took an exam to validate their medical credentials, started to receive full wages paid by the Brazilian government, and were allowed to bring their families to Brazil…” (Alves, 11/24).

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