In preparation for Michale Moore’s siCKO coming to the UK, here’s a story on health care in Cuba.
Photo by Stuart Glendinning Hall
The 9/11 responders spent 10 days on the 19th floor of Cuba’s flagship hospital with a view of the Caribbean sea, a sharp contrast to many Cuban hospitals that are crumbling, badly lit, and which lack equipment and medicines.
They included a fireman and an emergency medical technician, Regina Cervantes, with respiratory problems caused by inhaling dust and fumes in the
They were given a barrage of tests, including a psychological evaluation, and new dosages of medication. One got a tooth implant for a jaw fractured at Ground Zero.
The main difference with their treatment in the
“We can’t say we did miracles in the few days they were here. What we did was give them the highest quality treatment. It was totally free,” said Dr. Nelson Gomez, medical director of the
“They were not here long, but they did improve.” he said.
Cervantes, who rushed to Ground Zero on Sept. 11 and had a badly burnt airway after three days of rescue work, said last month that after being treated in Havana she was taken off medication she could hardly afford in the United States.
The movie, “SiCKo”, has stirred heated debate in the
Communist Cuba’s universal free health system has achieved low child mortality and high longevity rates on a par with rich nations since Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution.
But the hospital where SiCKO’s patients were treated is an exception in
The building with a majestic high-ceiling lobby was meant to be
The 750-bed Hermanos Almejeiras is
Cuban health officials say they have given priority to preventing disease by renovating a network of 498 neighborhood health centers across the island that bring health care closer to people’s homes.
The number of children dying before their fifth birthday is seven per 1,000 live births in
At Rampa Polyclinic in
“The main causes of death in