What we can learn from Cuba's health care system

How does an impoverished country succeed in keeping its citizens healthy?

By Magaret Badore, Jun 27 2013
Mother Nature Network

The correlation between low income and poor health has been established in many countries. Yet despite Cuba's poverty, the country’s quality of health bucks this trend.

According to the United Nations Human Development Report, Cuba has the same life expectancy as the U.S. and a lower maternal mortality rate when compared to other countries in the region. A paper published in the International Journal of Epidemiology found Cuba has eliminated several common diseases, including diphtheria, measles, pertussis, rubella and mumps. What is the secret to Cuba's success? Here are a few aspects of the Cuban health care system that Americans could adopt.