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Isaac Holeman's Medicine In Cuba Project. Isaac Holeman's Medicine In Cuba Project. Presentation Transcript

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