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June 6th, 2000

Cuba: ‘Free Medical Training’

A recent study showed that while the US spends the most of any first world nation in health care, the overall life expectancy of its residents is 24th in the world. A lot of this might be due to the amount of poverty and poor access to health care for those without money. (Some of the stats in the linked story are frightening.)

Oddly enough, an option might be coming from Cuba. Fidel Castro on Sunday put up an offer to provide free medical training to low-income citizens. Those citizens would then return to the States and, as the story goes, help everyone else out.

I don’t think it’s an awful idea. Cuba is probably looking to get something out of it (easing the nearly 40-year-old embargo would be a start) but offering essentially free training can’t be all that bad. Especially given the state of health care in this country.

What are your thoughts on this plan? -pm

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FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday June 6, 2000 -- 9:53:18AM
Sounds like an interesting proposition. Of course, we'd have to make sure that the training isn't just free, but of good quality.

Although, I think the reason we're 24th in life expectancy while also being the biggest spenders is because we spend so much treating problems after they happen rather than before. Seems to me that if we invested more in preventative health care now, that down the road we'd spend significantly less overall and our life expectancy would extend as well.

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 2:27:32 pm

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