According to the UN’s World Health Organization, Cuba’s health care system is an example for all countries of the world.
The Cuban health system is recognized worldwide for its excellence and its efficiency. It has managed to guarantee access to care for all segments of the population and obtain results similar to those of the most developed nations. That is impressive, doesn’t it?
Cuba’s health system was transformed as a result of the 1959 revolution led by Fidel Castro and nowadays the Island has a cost-free public health service. The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan, said in 2014, “we sincerely hope that all of the world’s inhabitants will have access to quality medical services, as they do in Cuba”.
Maybe, the key of the success of the Cuban health care is that it prioritizes prevention of disease and illness over curing once an illness occurs. Also, it is very important the way the different sectors of the Cuban health system are divided.
For example, Cuba’s family doctor- and- nurse teams work to improve the public health concerns in the environment as well as provide medical care. Frequently, these teams make home visits to each family to assess and evaluate their health. These teams’ role combines the importance of focusing on both public health and clinical medicine.
Polyclinics are community-based clinics that house primary care specialists. They exist in every Cuban community and are well-acquainted with the people and the communities they serve. Basic work teams within the polyclinics supervise and evaluate the neighborhood and clinical health work of the family doctor-and-nurse teams.
With a life expectancy of 78 years, Cuba is one of the best performers on the American continent and in the Third World, achieving results similar to those of most developed nations.