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Eight Reasons US Healthcare Costs 96% More Than Cuba's--With the Same Results

Why does Cuba's healthcare system do so much with so little money--while we do so little with so much? The author visits Cuba, and revisits US health costs, to find out.

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Cuba, on the other hand, sends a massive number of doctors to other countries. At the same time that the US had 550 medical personnel in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, there were 1500 from Cuba. Almost a quarter of Cuba’s 70,000 doctors are now working abroad.

In addition, Cuba brings thousands of students from 100 countries to study medicine at the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) at no cost. After six years of training at ELAM, graduating doctors bring the model of primary and preventive health care to distressed communities that need it the most. They help turn the “brain drain” into a “brain gain.”