Monday, June 25, 2007

Cuba's health care system helps people

In a Reuters article dated June 25, 2007, under the byline of Anthony Boadle, Cuba's health care systems is compared to the for-profit system that we have here in the U.S.

Cuba's excellent health care system is a top accomplishment of the Cuban revolutionary process which triumphed on Janaury 1st, 1959, which sent the top officials of an extremely corrupt government to Miami.

Here are four key paragraphs:

On key statistics measured by the World Health Organization, Cuba is in line with the United States.

The average life expectancy of a child born in Cuba is 77.2 years, compared with 77.9 years in the United States, according to the WHO.

The number of children dying before their fifth birthday is seven per 1,000 live births in Cuba and eight per 1,000 in the United States.

Yet the United States spends more than 26 times as much on health, $6,096 per person a year, compared with only $229 in Cuba, the WHO figures show.

When you receive that exorbitant bill from your hospital or your doctor, remember that your money is feeding the voracious appetite for huge never-ending profits for large capitalist corporations. They could care less about your health; they only care about money.

Civilized capitalist countries like Canada, Great Britain and France have single payer socialized medicine. We need to move toward that goal here in the U.S.

A better world is possible in the health care field. Cuba is proof of that.

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