Primary Health Care In Cuba: The Other Revolution by Linda M. Whiteford, Laurence G. Branch

By Linda M. Whiteford, Laurence G. Branch

As health and wellbeing care issues develop within the united states, clinical anthropologist Linda M. Whiteford and social psychologist Larry G. department current their findings on a health and wellbeing care anomaly, from an not likely resource. fundamental future health Care in Cuba examines the hugely winning version of basic overall healthiness care in Cuba following the 1959 Cuban Revolution. This version, constructed in the course of a time of dramatic social and political swap, created a preventive care approach to raised offer fairness entry to healthiness care. Cuba's attractiveness as a paragon of well-being care has earned compliment from the area wellbeing and fitness association, UNICEF, and the Pan American future health association. during this booklet, Whiteford and department discover the successes of Cuba's preventive fundamental health and wellbeing care process and its contribution to international well-being.

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The usual voluntary retirement age in Cuba is sixty years for men and fifty-five years for women, and requires at least twenty-five years of work history. 1 million were sixtyfive and over (10 percent of the total population). 4. Age and Sex Distribution in Cuba, 1999 Census. Adapted from La Dirección Nacional de Estadística del Ministerio de Salud Pública de Cuba 1999. population eligible for retirement and 10 percent aged sixty-five or older, Cuba’s population is similar to most developed countries.

S. schools that send their students to Cuba to complete a rotation in family practice. The American student was observing and learning from the Cuban family practice physician and was impressed by what he saw in Cuba: “The skills and dedication of the Cuban practitioners are inspiring, and I like the closeness they have with their patients. ” What the American medical student saw as a luxury of time that Cuban physicians have to get to know the people in their practice catchment area is ex- Alma-Ata and the Concept of Primary Health Care 47 actly what the Cuban family doctor model was designed to accomplish.

We have also seen remarkable successes in reducing both infant and maternal mortality, not just initially after the Revolution, but even after those levels were comparable to those found in much richer and more developed countries. Equally significant is that during times of severe economic crisis, the government’s commitment to health care delivery continued, albeit without the successes of previous years. In the next chapter we review some of the history of primary health care models, and discuss alternative understandings of the ambiguous and ambitious concept of public health.

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