Juventud Rebelde published an article yesterday on the problems of dentistry in
The majority of the clinics visited had shortages of personnel, and the reporters also found clinics that lacked equipment, materials, and even running water.
One dentist said she sometimes relies on patients who have cars to go to the warehouse to get the supplies she needs, and she sometimes takes it upon herself to distribute supplies to clinics in her municipality.
The reporters also found patients who resorted to “private clinics” where they paid for services. The top dentistry official in the Ministry of Public Health, interviewed by the reporters, admitted that this practice occurs, and he said that eight dentists had been fired in the past two years for it.
The official also concurred with the reporters’ findings that
The article is similar to a series that appeared a year ago in Juventud Rebelde, documenting problems in state enterprises.