Why Is Cuba’s Health Care System the Best Model for Poor Countries? by Don Fitz

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Why Is Cuba’s Health Care System the Best Model for Poor Countries?
by Don Fitz

MR Zine, 07.12.12

http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2012/fitz071212.html

Furious though it may be, the current debate over health care in the US is largely irrelevant to charting a path for poor countries of Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Pacific Islands.  That is because the US squanders perhaps 10 to 20 times what is needed for a good, affordable medical system.  The waste is far more than 30% overhead by private insurance companies.  It includes an enormous amount of over-treatment, creation of illnesses, exposure to contagion through over-hospitalization, disease-focused instead of prevention-focused research, and making the poor sicker by refusing them treatment.1

Poor countries simply cannot afford such a health system.  Well over 100 countries are looking to the example of Cuba, which has the same 78-year life expectancy of the US while spending 4% per person…

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2 thoughts on “Why Is Cuba’s Health Care System the Best Model for Poor Countries? by Don Fitz

  1. Pingback: World Health Organization describes Cuba’s health system as exemplary | JSC: Jamaicans in Solidarity with Cuba

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