Isaac Holeman's Medicine In Cuba Project.

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Isaac Holeman's Medicine In Cuba Project.

  1. 1. Socialized Medicine Cuban Style <ul><li>Research by Isaac Holeman </li></ul>
  2. 2. questions: <ul><li>what is socialized medicine like in cuba? </li></ul><ul><li>what do doctors like about cuba’s health care system? </li></ul><ul><li>what do doctors dislike about cuba’s health care system? </li></ul><ul><li>do cuban doctors feel repressed by socialized medicine? </li></ul>
  3. 3. participant observation
  4. 4. lets us experience health care
  5. 5. more than we wanted to
  6. 6. but we laugh it off
  7. 7. and tough it out
  8. 8. f and get reconstructive surgery
  9. 9. but Che, where do cubans go? * although not the real Che, this man was featured in lonely planet *
  10. 10. this is definitely cuba
  11. 11. but do cubans go
  12. 12. where the SICKo patients went?
  13. 13. no, it’s too swanky
  14. 14. this looks more like everyday cuba * * prevention is a hallmark of the cuban health care system
  15. 15. the disease warriors will take on the mosquitos
  16. 16. ¡battle formation! * young men doing mandatory military service often aid public health campaigns *
  17. 17. but if we can’t hide from the mosquitos
  18. 18. but if we can’t hide from the mosquitos where can we find a cuban doctor?
  19. 19. cuba has many health care providers * * 1:165 doctor:patient ratio, versus 1:337 in the US
  20. 20. ¡finally, a policlinico!
  21. 21. where is the neighborhood doc?
  22. 22. we made it to the waiting room
  23. 23. community medicine = consultorios are welcoming places
  24. 24. that have flood damage
  25. 25. and very little equipment
  26. 26. and diligent doctors
  27. 27. ¡quitar el bloqueo! * * unwarranted propaganda is a mainstay of cuban health care
  28. 28. conclusions: <ul><li>consultorios are not as well equipped as flagship hospitals </li></ul><ul><li>doctors are proud of cuban medicine’s humanitarian achievements </li></ul><ul><li>doctors are paid very little </li></ul><ul><li>doctors are the champions, not the slaves of socialized medicine </li></ul>
  29. 29. big thanks to evan bruce and julie all my cuban friends all my other friends
  30. 30. key informants* <ul><li>Doctora Jillian Garcia Especialista Medicina General Integral, La Habana Cuba. </li></ul><ul><li>Doctora Gladys P ér e z Especialista Medicina General Integral, La Habana Cuba. </li></ul><ul><li>Doctora Maile de Le ón Profesora del Escuela Latino America de Medicina. Especialista Medicina General Integral y Epidimiologia, La Habana Cuba. </li></ul><ul><li>Doctora Damaris Vasquez Especialista Medicina General Integral y Epidimiologia, La Habana Cuba. </li></ul>* I changed the names of all informants. I left all positions unchanged.
  31. 31. interesting sources <ul><li>Cuban Constitution. Retrieved November 2, 2007, from WHO International Digest of Health Legislation, http://www.who.int/en/ </li></ul><ul><li>Boadle, Anthony. (2007, July 19). SiCKo Patients got VIP Treatment in Cuba. Reuters. </li></ul><ul><li>Feinsilver, J. M. (1989). Cuba as a &quot;world medical power&quot;: The politics of symbolism. Latin American Research Review, 24(2), 1-34. </li></ul>
  32. 32. thank you.

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