Health Care System in Cuba
Gillian Angrove, psyc 257 field school in Cuba 2004
In consultation with family doctors it was learned that 100% free only have to pay for prescriptions which are very inexpensive.
Family income make it possible to file for cheaper prices on medication. Gifts also come in to make it easier for medication to be distributed to those who need it, but there will be heavy investigation of the family. If a drug is not available in Cuba the government will pay the cost, including travel, hotel, etc.
Everyone in Cuba is entitled to a family doctor and house (office).
Family doctor (Doctora familia) plays a role in educating about health and prevention, guiding pregnancy & delivery, treating common ailments in their drop in clinic, and regular house calls. Cuba has an open door policy where one can expect treatment any day any time from their local doctor or hospital. Doctors also do follow-up to hospitalisations.
Each family doctor is given a house / clinic and is responsible for the health of about 300 families in a given neighbourhood.
Large number of women going into healthcare, nurses and family doctors.
Healthcare is funded through taxes ad tourist fees and tips. It is seen as sacred in Cuba (along with education), tourist workers give tips, musicians pay taxes, and some donations to hospitals is also made.
Biggest challenges for hospitals are sheets, towels, air-conditioning, and prescriptions.
International drugs are very expensive and not always available, thus they often turn to herbal remedies and Santeria or other worldviews for health.