Can Cuba Teach the US How to Keep Everyone Healthy?

Reflecting on a recent visit to a health clinic in Cuba, columnist Tonyaa J. Weathersbee says the US’s improving relations with the island nation could present an opportunity to learn how to reduce health disparities.

In Cuba, she writes, primary care doctors are “the backbone” of the health system, and despite widespread poverty, people live as long as or longer than their US counterparts.

Weathersbee argues that a new partnership between the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Cuban government should not only focus on infectious disease prevention but also on finding ways to replicate Cuba’s primary care system.

The Root, Global Health Now

June 29, 2016


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