Cuba - Health

Health

Main article: Healthcare in Cuba

Historically, Cuba has ranked high in numbers of medical personnel and has made significant contributions to world health since the 19th century. Today, Cuba has universal health care and although shortages of medical supplies persist, there is no shortage of medical personnel. Primary care is available throughout the island and infant and maternal mortality rates compare favorably with those in developed nations.

Post-Revolution Cuba initially experienced an overall worsening in terms of disease and infant mortality rates in the 1960s when half its 6,000 doctors left the country. Recovery occurred by the 1980s, and the country's healthcare has been widely praised. The Communist government asserted that universal health care was to become a priority of state planning and progress was made in rural areas. Like the rest of the Cuban economy, Cuban medical care suffered from severe material shortages following the end of Soviet subsidies in 1991, followed by a tightening of the U.S. embargo in 1992.

Challenges include low pay of doctors (only $15 a month), poor facilities, poor provision of equipment, and frequent absence of essential drugs. Cuba has the highest doctor-to-population ratio in the world and has sent thousands of doctors to more than 40 countries around the world.

According to the UN, the life expectancy in Cuba is 78.3 years (76.2 for males and 80.4 for females). This ranks Cuba 37th in the world and 3rd in the Americas, behind only Canada and Chile, and just ahead of the United States. Infant mortality in Cuba declined from 32 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 1957, to 10 in 1990–95. Infant mortality in 2000–2005 was 6.1 per 1,000 live births (compared to 6.8 in the United States).

The quality of public healthcare offered to citizens is regarded as the "greatest triumph" of Cuba's socialist system.

Read more about this topic:  Cuba

Other articles related to "health":

Norman Bethune - Political Activities
... agitated, without success, for the government to make radical reforms of medical care and health services in Canada ... medicine and formed the Montreal Group for the Security of People's Health ... Soviet Union to observe first hand their system of health care ...
Edmond Yu
... concluded, "'Housing is a mental health issue and the absence of decent housing is a major determinant of health." A foundation to fund "a housing project for homeless ... for psychiatric survivors of the Mental Health System who also experience homelessness and would be considered 'hard to house' people," and The Edmond Yu Project ...
healthcare" class="article_title_2">Worcester, Massachusetts - Infrastructure - Healthcare
... The school also operates the UMass Memorial Health Care, the clinical arm of the teaching hospital, which has expanded its locations all over central Massachusetts ... Fallon Clinic was the creator of Fallon Community Health Plan, a now independent HMO based in Worcester, and one of the largest health maintenance organizations (HMOs) in the ...
Neoliberalism - Reach and Effects - Effects On Global Health
... The effect of neoliberalism on global health, particularly the aspect of international aid involves key players such as Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the International Monetary Fund (I ... of Structural Adjustment Programs (SAP's) which slash government health spending and are an unsustainable source of foreign aid ... The reduced health spending and the gain of the public health sector by NGOs causes the local health system to become fragmented, undermines local control of health programs and contributes to local social ...
Azawakh - Health
... Azawakh have no known incidence of hip dysplasia ... There is a small occurrence of adult-onset idiopathic epilepsy in the breed ...

Famous quotes containing the word health:

    The same soil is good for men and for trees. A man’s health requires as many acres of meadow to his prospect as his farm does loads of muck.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    In health of mind and body, men should see with their own eyes, hear and speak without trumpets, walk on their feet, not on wheels, and work and war with their arms, not with engine-beams, nor rifles warranted to kill twenty men at a shot before you can see them.
    John Ruskin (1819–1900)

    You will hardly know who I am or what I mean,
    But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,
    And filter and fibre your blood.

    Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged,
    Missing me one place search another,
    I stop somewhere waiting for you.
    Walt Whitman (1819–1892)