[Marxism] Al Jazeera: "Cuba's state-run system has been praised, but many specialists now fear they are falling behind international standards"

Juan Fajardo fajardos at ix.netcom.com
Mon Jun 18 18:23:22 MDT 2012

"If there is one thing for which Cuba has received praise over the 
years, it is the Communist government's state-run healthcare system.

Much of this praise is well-deserved. Despite its scarce resources, Cuba 
has one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates - just slightly 
lower than that of the US. Life expectancy is 77.5 years, one of the 
world's highest. And until not so long ago, there was one doctor for 
every 170 citizens - the highest patient-per-doctor ratio in the world. 
[...] And the benefits of this healthcare have not only been felt by 


"Cuban specialists complain that they do not have the same opportunities 
to travel, to attend conferences and to read journals on the latest 
medical advances as their peers in other countries. They feel, probably 
correctly, that they are falling behind.

Over the years, I have heard many complain about the deteriorating 
quality of the services offered. One of the problems is that no small 
number of Cuban doctors have left the country looking for better 
opportunities abroad. They are considered deserters."

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