As Cuba-United States relations thrive, healthcare system challenges can be curtailed with a healthy dose of preventative measures.
Cuba’s world-class healthcare has touched more than just Cuban lives. After the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, hundreds of child victims were invited to Cuba for medical treatment in the seaside community of Tarara. And with one of the world’s lowest child mortality rates, many still call the island home.
How can such an impoverished nation afford such an effective healthcare system? Resources are spent on prevention rather than expensive cures. So in terms of healthy folks, the Cuban health service outperforms other low and medium income countries — and even some rich ones, too. How does Cuba serve a population of 11 million people? The country has 90,000 doctors: that’s eight for every one thousand citizens. This is double that of the U.S. and U.K. (the U.S. has 2.5 doctors per 1,000, the UK 2.7 per 1,000 according to the World Bank). The World Bank also reports that Cuba spends $431 per person per year, while an American spends $8553 on healthcare. The notion that “Cubans live like the poor, and die like the rich” really says it all.
See how U.S. healthcare stacks up against the Communist government’s state-run healthcare system in these helpful infographics: