They started a children’s vaccination program. But, probably most important, they made training new health care personnel a priority [Medina, 2001]. New investments were made in hospitals and pharmaceutical plants. The community clinic became more than just for “stop in” health care; it included health education; disease prevention, maternal health care and more. Maternal-child health care was made a priority as well and was the first national comprehensive health program in Cuba in the 1970’s. Next, they instituted an infectious disease program and one for the elderly [Medina, 2001]. Soon more and more medical graduates joined the health care system and by the 1980’s Cuba had nearly 20,000 registered health care professionals. Their national health care system started drawing attention from all over the world. In 1986, the Family Doctor Program put doctor-nurse health care teams in communities in the very midst of their patients. Care was in almost every community, urban and rural . By the 1990’s, 95% of the people in Cuba had access to quality health care.
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