Why do Havana's taxi drivers earn more than doctors? | Divided Cities


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Why do Havana's taxi drivers earn more than doctors? | Divided Cities



Cuba’s strange dual system means that public sector workers and those in private enterprise are paid in different currencies. Laura, a GP, earns Cuban pesos, whereas Rogelio, who was a doctor, now makes more in an hour as a taxi driver than he used to in a month because he is paid in ‘convertible pesos’, which are worth 24 times more. As doctors and teachers struggle to buy basic goods, is it time for change?
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  1. doctors in Cuba are abused in so many ways. They are used as a political gain around the globe. Cuban Doctors make a lot of money to the state but in return they're living in such disgrace of living standard

  2. I visited Cuba last year and I talked to a bathroom attendant at a nightclub. She was a physical therapist by training, but she made more being a bathroom attendant because of the tips she would receive from tourists. Tourism is very profitable.

  3. So if I understand this video correctly, because Cuba was forced by the US into accepting the US dollar as a currency, foreign money was able to flood into the country, producing private sector jobs which are now undermining the whole economy of Cuba? So much so that it could potentially destroy their health service? Socialism truly is the devil at work, isn't it…

  4. WESTERN MEDIA TRYING HARD TO PROMOTE THEIR CAPITALIST SYSTEM AS PARADISE. THE ONLY REASON USA IS RICH IS BECAUSE THEY ROB OTHER NATIONS AND USE THEY DOLLAR AS WEAPON AGAINST COUNTRIES LIKE CUBA IRAQ

  5. I don’t blame a guy for a working as a taxi driver after being a qualified doctor. If you’re not gonna be able to make a living wage with all of that study and a degree under your belt and what’s the use if at the end of the day you’re still gonna have to go to other jobs and worry about money.

  6. Such a complicated issue. In Cuba I was able to walk in to a pharmacy with my old bottle of specialty prescription eye drops and buy it for 6 dollars. In the us my insurance won’t cover it and I have to get the one that doesn’t work for 30 with insurance. At the same time people don’t have access to basic building materials or potatoes. Broke a window, you are out of luck. Want fries in November, illegal. However the most expensive restaurant in Cuba (30us/person) never runs out of anything.

  7. Most new doctors in America aren't as rich anymore. Training takes years and a large heap of debt. Let's not even talk about dentist! 500k in loans, 500k to get a private practice, 200k for a house etc etc.

  8. definetly can see the bad and sympathise with these peoples story, just feel to point out that if your born in a develoed country like mine England and parents are doctors or rich, then great, if not without those two economic factors within the overall socio econom' design you wouldnt even barely have the chance to become a doctor or any job that requires more than two years supported study….. all that glitters….in london theres hundreds of kids addicted to weed, with no academic education selling drugs and killing eachother for trainers and zip codes… theres always a catch lol

  9. It’s nothing to do with the failure of socialism. It’s the inept failure of introducing a competing currency into the economy worth significantly more without assessing the consequences…

  10. Why do we impose sanctions on Cuba but trade with China, Vietnam and other dictatorships around the world? What a bloody hell is going on here? Am I missing something?

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