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24 de Marzo del 2000

GRANDFATHER WONDERS WHY THE SOCIALIST BUREAUCRACY IS SO BUREAUCRATIC. By Luis Ramón Hernández, Cuba Free Press.

Villa Clara.- The magic of the bureaucracy here is that this very universal evil requires one to make countless efforts such as filling out forms, affixing seals, attempting to get signatures or whatever and then at the end finds it all was fruitless.

Take the case of my one-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter who has been asthmatic since birth. This illness, in addition to being dangerous, causes great anguish. A few days ago the baby got sick and at the doctor's office was diagnosed with pneumonia. The doctor gave us penicillin for seven days.

The fever and clinical symptoms yielded but later when the doctor took an x-ray it showed the illness had persisted. Then the doctor prescribed another week of antibiotics and finally, at the next appointment she also ordered Intal, an asthma medication, and still another medicine for allergies.

For the last items, the doctor first had to fill out a medical certificate, diagnosing the illness and the need for the medicine. That certificate, obtained from the Children's Hospital office, had to be taken next to the doctor's office so she could sign it and give it a special seal. From there the certificate had to be taken to the Polyclinic for an additional signature and the seal of the area bureaucrats who oversee the doctor's office.

From there the certificate had to be taken to the pharmacy so as to learn whether the medicine was in stock.

When the certificate reached the pharmacy, the clerk said the certificate had no date and must start over. So the next step was to go back to the hospital and then to the doctor's office so as to make sure she signed it with the same ink and handwriting because otherwise, the clerk had said, it would be "not be any good."

Retracing the steps so as to find the people and get the date required three days, depriving the child of the medicine. It was not surprising that after all those steps were finished, the clerk said the medicine was no longer in stock.

Luis Ramón Hernández, Cuba Free Press.


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