Cuba’s Universal Health Care System Leaves Doctors Feeling Universally Dissatisfied
CURATED BY NIKI DE WITT
Cubans in need of medical attention are in good hands thanks to the universal health care system, but doctors’ needs aren’t being satisfied. With low salaries and unpaid overtime, more physicians are fleeing Cuba for better benefits and conditions.
FROM FOLHA DE S. PAULO/WORLDCRUNCH
HAVANA “” Sheila GonzÃ¡lez walks under a scalding sun, surrounded by dilapidated buildings. Seven months pregnant, the mother-to-be lives in a poor downtown neighborhood in the Cuban capital.
As she carries her lunch, GonzÃ¡lez is a walking symbol of the Cuban health care system, which, along with education, is the greatest achievement of the guerrillas who came to power in 1959.
In a country that boasts one of the lowest infant mortality rates on the continent, taking care of a pregnant 27-year-old single parent and human resources technician is a priority”….Continue Reading
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Niki is currently exploring Asia while working on a children’s book series about travel. As a child, she traveled and moved often for her parents’ jobs. As a result of this, she has always felt most at home when she’s off and away. She is interested in international films, working on building an impressive tea collection, and can often be found with her camera in hand. You can have a look-see at her blog and follow her on Twitter @nikidding.
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