Cuba expands medical industry despite US sanction

Rony Curvelo  |  Press TV, Havana  |  April 30, 2014

Health experts in Cuba have a much broader role than simply catering for the local population. For some time, the export of medical services has become crucial to the island’s economy. According to official information while the tourism industry generates 2.5 billion dollars a year, healthcare services, including medical brigades serving outside the country, generates $ 6 billion a year.

Cuba’s Medical Program

Medical training is so important for this country that its leaders decided to expand this privilege to students worldwide. For this reason, they established the Latin American School of Medicine, ELAM in 1999. This institute is recognized as the largest medical school in the world with approximately 13,000 students from 124 countries. Everything here is free: accommodations, food, books, and especially learning. Since 1963 Cuba has exported 140,000 doctors to the poorest regions across the globe. They are known for their competence, discipline and deep knowledge about the areas they are working at.