Cuban Healthcare History

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Cuban Healthcare History

  1. 1. Healthcare in Cuba Delissa Ainsworth
  2. 2. 1959-1991 <ul><li>Health programs were targeted for the rural and urban poor </li></ul><ul><li>Gathered thousands of volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Many healthcare professionals were lost due to migration </li></ul>
  3. 3. 1959-1991 Priorities <ul><li>Primary care </li></ul><ul><li>Preventative medicine </li></ul>
  4. 4. Revolutionary Accomplishments <ul><li>Rise in life expectancy </li></ul><ul><li>Improved maternal and fetal health rates </li></ul><ul><li>Steady decline in infant mortality </li></ul>
  5. 5. 1991-2006 <ul><li>Cuba’s health system is world known for its success and global policies </li></ul><ul><li>Healthcare survives financial hardship while armed forces gets cut </li></ul><ul><li>Care still targeted to maternal, infant, child, primary and preventative care </li></ul>
  6. 6. 1991-2006 <ul><li>Healthcare is…… </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ACCESSABLE!!!! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Money Goes Toward: <ul><li>Training new healthcare professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Both from Cuba and other countries </li></ul><ul><li>Even young med students from the USA </li></ul>
  8. 8. Seeing a Dr. is easy but… <ul><li>Finding a pharmacy not so easy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Medications being imported were banned </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Healthcare equipment repairs were difficult to achieve-not getting parts </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Risks: <ul><li>During a blackout the hospital relied on generators </li></ul><ul><li>Surgical instruments were often reused </li></ul><ul><li>Many medications patented by the US were unavailable to Cuba </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>THIS EQUALS TROUBLE </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. 1991-2006 Continued <ul><li>Patients often brought their own bedding, supplies, food, clothing, toothbrush and toothpaste </li></ul><ul><li>Can you imagine going to Scripps Hospital to get your appendix out and having to bring your own stuff. </li></ul><ul><li>Should I bring the anesthesia too? </li></ul>
  11. 11. How to Make Money???? <ul><li>TOURISTS!!! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CUBA RELIED ON TOURISTS TO COME FOR CHEAPER SPECIALIZED HEALTHCARE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USING DOLLARS!!!!! </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Cuba is well known for: <ul><li>Participating in humanitarian visits such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The earthquake in Pakistan in 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The tsunami in 2004 </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Cuban Doctors: <ul><li>They often work overseas where they profit very little </li></ul><ul><li>Very lucrative </li></ul><ul><li>Cubans complain that all their dr’s are practicing elsewhere </li></ul>
  14. 14. Diseases <ul><li>Unlikely to have Malaria </li></ul><ul><li>Little heart disease </li></ul><ul><li>Malnutrition is rare </li></ul><ul><li>HIV/Aids fewer and fewer (0.5%) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(compared to Caribbean 2.3% & Africa 9%) </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Import <ul><li>Eventually the Cuba Democracy Act allows the sales of medicine and medical products from the US </li></ul>
  16. 16. Overall… Stable Healthcare System Currently

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