Thursday, September 18, 2014

Venezuelan Breast Implant Shortage

The New York Post reports, "Venezuela has chronic shortage of breast implants":
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 US 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...
As Dr. Megan Edison quipped online, "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's breast implants."