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collapse of the Soviet Union, it soon showed up in the Cuban economy. The money for medicines, supplies, and equipment shrunk and it devastated the health care system. Yet, the statistics show that the health of the Cuban people remained pretty much the same. Even with less money, supplies, and medicine infant mortality and other indicators ‘held the line [AgrupaciónCatólicaUniversitaria, 1972].” The U.S., of course, has a large number of trained medical professionals, but does not really make health care for everyone a priority. National health care has been “shot down” at every turn for many years. The new plan for national health care, called the “Obama plan” has some promise, but even now, there is a movement to have it revoked. Many people in this country have health insurance through their jobs, and others through a welfare program. But millions have no health care at all, and there seems to be constant opposition to instituting such a plan. Rural health care such as Cuba has, is not really present in many parts of the U. S. There are no small, community clinics in most areas, especially for urban areas which desperately need preventative care and health programs for the chronically ill. Until the U.S. makes health care a priority, all the doctors and fancy hospitals will not cover the health care for the people, which should be, but is not a priority in our country. References: 1. Website: http://www.saludthefilm.net/ns/cuba-health-system.html 2. Medina, C et al. Recuentohistórico de la enseñanza de la medicina en Cuba. MEDISAN 2001; 5(2):46-51. 3. AgrupaciónCatólicaUniversitaria, “Encuesta de los TrabajadoresRurales 1956-1957”. In Economía y Desarrollo . July-August 1972;12:198. 4. Database of the Unidad Central de Colaboración, Ministerio de SaludPública, Havana, 2003, showing a cumulative total of 19,126 health professionals posted abroad from 1963 through 1989. NOTE: This represents the sum total of professionals posted abroad each year. If a person served more than once or more than one year, each “person-year” is counted separately. Reply:
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