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The COVID Heroism of Cuban Doctors: CP reviews “Cuban Health Care” by Don Fitz

foto:  Enrique de la Osa/Reuters (courtesy, The Atlantic, 2016)

foto: Enrique de la Osa/Reuters (courtesy, The Atlantic, 2016)

Cuban Health Care: The Ongoing Revolution
296 pp, $26 pbk, ISBN 978-1-58367-860-2
By Don Fitz

Reviewed by Eve Ottenberg

“With Covid-19 roaring through the U.S., now is a good time to discuss Cuban health care. It’s about as different from the American variety as possible. It is not for profit. It is socialized. It does not first resort to expensive medical technology. Its doctors live among the people, like in Haiti after the earthquake, not in luxury hotels, like American doctors. It does not rely on the thinking that there is a pill for every ailment. It is successful. Cuba has suffered 88 deaths from covid, and the 3408 infected people have not gone bankrupt receiving care. To repeat, that’s because Cuban doctors and pharmaceutical entities are not in it for the money. Cuba’s astonishingly good health statistics derive from its emphasis on preventive medicine, something not stressed nearly enough in the U.S….”

Read the review at CounterPunch

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