Healthcare as it should be
Cuba’s doctors also treat foreigners either in Cuba or as part of Cuba’s wordlwide system of medical missions to the poorest countries. As part of the aptly named “Operation Miracle”, targetting eye diseases, the Cuban physicians have treated more than 750,000 people for eye conditions like cataracts and glaucoma since the program started. And it’s all free, calibrated on the basis of need.
What is being done, in Cuba and Venezuela puts to shame the dysfunctional healthcare system of the US and exposes the Coalition government in Britain as it steers the NHS towards the profit-driven American model. Peter Arkell reports.
Of the many statistics in Steve Brouwer’s book, Revolutionary Doctors: How Venezuela and Cuba are changing the World’s Conception of Health Care, one in particular stands out. There are more students, about 73,000, in medical school in Cuba and Venezuela, with a combined population of 39 million people, than there are in the whole of the US with a population of 300 million. Continue reading »
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