Cuban Health Care and the U.S. Embargo

Authors

  • Peter Schwab

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-049-06-1997-10_3

Keywords:

Ecology, History

Abstract

Since the revolution Cuba has developed a remarkable and successful health care system unmatched in the third world. In developing a social policy that provides health care for all its citizens while at the same time organizing a pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry that is as resourceful as it is inspiring Cuba has made advances in medicine admired throughout the world. As The Economist maintained in 1996 "Cuban medicine is disciplined and innovative .... Cuban research establishments have made breakthroughs in vaccines, immunology and biotechnology." The sophisticated nature of the medical establishment is evident as one travels the island visiting medical facilities, as I did in a series of visits between 1995 and 1997. The progress made by Cuba, particularly while under the constant harassment of the U.S. embargo, is really quite staggering and it is the purpose of this discussion to expand upon Cuba's medical program within the context of the embargo.

Published

1997-11-03

Issue

Section

Articles