The very fortunately late President Hugo Chavez was going to show all of us greedy capitalists just how superior socialism was!
Venezuela’s Newest Shortage: Breast ImplantsVenezuela’s chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job.
Caracas, Venezuela — September 15, 2014, 8:45 AM ET — By Hannah Dreier, Associated Press
Beauty-obsessed Venezuelans face a scarcity of brand-name breast implants, and women are so desperate that they and their doctors are turning to devices that are the wrong size or made in China, with less rigorous quality standards.
Venezuelans once had easy access to implants approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But doctors say they are now all-but impossible to find because restrictive currency controls have deprived local businesses of the cash to import foreign goods. It may not be the gravest shortfall facing the socialist South American country, but surgeons say the issue cuts to the psyche of the image-conscious Venezuelan woman.
“The women are complaining,” said Ramon Zapata, president of the Society of Plastic Surgeons. “Venezuelan women are very concerned with their self-esteem.”
Venezuela is thought to have one of the world’s highest plastic surgery rates, and the breast implant is the seminal procedure. Doctors performed 85,000 implants here last year, according to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Only the U.S., Brazil, Mexico and Germany — all with significantly larger populations — saw more procedures.
More at the link. But this is clearly, clearly! worse than the critical shortage of toilet paper! President Nicolas Maduro firmly addressed that problem, but, alas! it only got worse.
Why, it’s almost as though a command economy doesn’t actually work.