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Cuban Public Health: A Model for the U.S.?:  Cuban Public Health: A Model for the U.S.? Marc Schenker M.D., M.P.H. Outline :  Outline Vital statistics Health system performance Recent history and organization of Cuban health care Public health organization Examples Lessons for the U.S.? Cuba is a Country of Ironies:  Cuba is a Country of Ironies The Irony of Cuban Health Care:  The Irony of Cuban Health Care “Because Cuba has so few resources, prevention has become the only affordable means of keeping its population healthy.” Vital Statistics:  Vital Statistics Life Expectancy* in 2000:  Life Expectancy* in 2000 *years Life Expectancy at Birth Source: PAHO 2000:  Life Expectancy at Birth Source: PAHO 2000 Infant Mortality* in 2000:  Infant Mortality* in 2000 *per 1,000 live births Infant Mortality Rate Source: PAHO 2000:  Infant Mortality Rate Source: PAHO 2000 Probability of Dying (per 1000), 1999:  Probability of Dying (per 1000), 1999 Source: World Health Organization, 2000. GDP per Capita:  GDP per Capita $1000/capita National Health Expenditures per Capita (US $):  National Health Expenditures per Capita (US $) Source: Pan American Health Organization, 1998. Health Expenditure as % of GDP:  Health Expenditure as % of GDP Health Expenditures as % of National Budget in Cuba, 1990-1997:  Health Expenditures as % of National Budget in Cuba, 1990-1997 Source: Center for Financial Research of the Ministry of Finance, Cuba, 1998. Physicians per 10,000 Population:  Physicians per 10,000 Population Number of People per Physician Source: PAHO 2000:  Number of People per Physician Source: PAHO 2000 Number of surgeons per 100,000 population:  Number of surgeons per 100,000 population Cuba 56 United States 51 Japan 31 Sweden 29 Germany 13 China 10 Columbia 7 United Kingdom 6 South Africa 6 Philippines 1.5 Kenya 0.6 Tanzania 0.3 Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 1987 J. Perez, personal communication, 2000 Health System Performance:  Health System Performance World Health Report of Health System Performance, 2000:  World Health Report of Health System Performance, 2000 Ranking of 191 countries using composite index 25% level of health 25% distribution of health 12.5% level of responsiveness 12.5% distribution of responsiveness 25% financial contribution World Health Report of Health System Performance, 2000 Cuba Ranking:  World Health Report of Health System Performance, 2000 Cuba Ranking 33rd Disability adjusted life years 41st Distribution of health care 116th Level of responsiveness 99th Distribution of responsiveness 24th Fairness in financial contribution 40th Overall goal attainment 39th Overall performance Costa Rica, USA, Slovenia ranker higher Brunei, New Zealand, Bahrain ranked lower Health Systems Performance:  Health Systems Performance Source: World Health Organization, 2000. Rankings of 191 member states Recent History and Organization of Cuban Health Care:  Recent History and Organization of Cuban Health Care Recent Cuban History:  Recent Cuban History 1959 Cuban revolution 1962 Cuban missile crisis 1960s-70s Cuban armed interventions Africa, Latin America 1989 Collapse of Communism, reduced Soviet subsidies 1990-95 “Special period” major austerity, 35% drop GDP, 75% decrease in trade 1993 Cubans allowed to have U.S. $ 1996 Helms/Burton Act tightens embargo Cuban Healthcare History:  Cuban Healthcare History 1959 3000 doctors leave island 1960s Ministry of Health (MINSAP) expanded Socialist healthcare system Distribution of health care across Cuba Network of polyclinics Hospital beds (Havana 62% -->38%) National Immunization Program Medical schools increased from 1 to 4 2000 graduates per year 1984 Integral General Medicine program Slide25:  “Physician migration from developing to developed countries has been criticized as a regressive subsidy paid for by poor nations that cover the costs of medical education while rich countries reap the benefits. The fact that the smartest minds are more prone to migrate makes this brain drain even more unfair.” Diego Rosselli, Andres Otero, and Giovanni Maza, Universidad Javeriana Medical School, Colombia Physician Migration Source: Medical Education 2001;35:809-810. Slide26:  In January 2000, there were 2515 Colombian-trained physicians licensed to practice in the United States. This is equivalent to 6% of the national workforce. According to a study at Javeriana University Medical School, the U.S. migrants had higher grades than those who stayed in Colombia. Sources: American Medical Association; Rosselli et al., 2001. Physician Migration: Colombia Slide27:  Cuba is home to 60,000 doctors – comparable to Canada, which has 3 times the population Many of these doctors are assigned to work in developing countries Cuba and the Export of Physicians Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal 2001; 164(10): 1477. Slide28:  Over 20,000 Cuban doctors have been sent to 20 countries to help overcome physician shortages. When Hurricane Mitch struck Honduras in 1998, some 120 Cuban physicians were sent, and have since treated 1.2 million patients. 800 Cuban doctors currently work in Haiti. Cuban doctors have created an AIDS-prevention program in Uganda that the UN considers a model. Accomplishments Abroad Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal 2001; 164(10): 1477. Yan E. Castro Makes a Dream Offer. Newsday 28 February 2001. Slide29:  3,400 medical students from 23 Latin American, African, and Caribbean countries are being trained in Cuba, at Cuba’s expense In 2001, 8 American students, all from low-income minority families, began their free medical education in Cuba, on the condition that they return to their communities for service. Fidel Castro has said that up to 500 American medical students may follow suit. Medical Education and Diplomacy Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal, 2001, 164(10): 1477. Public Health in Cuba :  Public Health in Cuba Aspects of Public Health in Cuba:  Aspects of Public Health in Cuba Highly integrated with therapeutic medicine Polyclinic teams of primary care doctors, dentists, nurses Provide health education, preventive care Health workers live in the community Physicians required to see every patient every year Records of preventive services Prenatal, immunization, cancer screening, etc. Aggressive follow-up of missed appointments Vaccination rates 99+% Community reinforcement of public health Neighborhood Committees for Defense of Revolution, Cuban Federation of Women, Circulos de Abuelos Surveillance data to province, state Examples of Cuban Public Health, Infectious diseases:  Examples of Cuban Public Health, Infectious diseases Incidence of vaccine preventable infectious diseases lower than in any other nation at Cuba’s level of economic development. Immunization rates between 99% and 100% Compliance by routine epidemiologic surveillance at the neighborhood level (e.g. CDR) Mortality Rates for Infectious Diseases:  Mortality Rates for Infectious Diseases Deaths per 100,000 Examples of Cuban Public Health, Geriatric Care:  Examples of Cuban Public Health, Geriatric Care Geriatric rotation during residency training. Primary care physicians who elect to gain additional training in geriatrics provide services in network of old age homes. “Grandparents’ circles” (circulos de abuelos) provide neighborhood-based care and support. Examples of Cuban Public Health, Medical Surveillance:  Examples of Cuban Public Health, Medical Surveillance Data on acute and chronic illnesses pass from family physicians to municipal, provincial and national levels. Identification of epidemics Neuropathy between 1991-1993 Dengue Pesticide Spraying for Mosquitos:  Pesticide Spraying for Mosquitos Examples of Cuban Public Health, AIDS:  Examples of Cuban Public Health, AIDS Initial quarantine of HIV-positive patients Started with HIV+ soldiers returning from Africa Compulsory quarantine lifted, HIV sanitariums became voluntary Sanitariums in 13/14 provinces 70-80% newly diagnosed choose ambulatory treatment Epidemic helped by quarantine, travel restrictions. Lowest HIV rate in hemisphere Active screening, 2 million annual HIV tests “Jinaterismo” (prostitution) raises many issues Slide38:  HIV in Haiti and in Cuba Total population: People living with AIDS (1999 est.) : AIDS deaths (1999 est.) : HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate (1999 est.) : Cuba: Haiti: 11 million 7 million 1,950 210,000 120 23,000 0.03 % 5.17 % Source: CIA World Factbook, 2001. Cuban Public Health: A Model for the U.S.?:  Cuban Public Health: A Model for the U.S.? Cuba is a socialist system, not transferable to the U.S. No private health care. Surveillance involves intrusive social institutions, e.g. CDR Public health may involve “coercive” policies, e.g. AIDS quarantine, pesticide spraying NO Cuban Public Health: A Model for the U.S.?:  Cuban Public Health: A Model for the U.S.? There is no intrinsic reason for the separation of treatment and preventive (public health) services in the U.S. Integrated primary care is a cost-effective model (if we can get there) Prioritizing health resources to achieve social objectives (e.g. eliminate health disparaties) is effective Improving surveillance systems at the primary care level is important and possible NOWEVER Slide41:  “There is a large body of misinformation and outright disinformation about the present state of health care in Cuba… The Cuban Government’s deliberate policy includes depriving its people of basic medical needs, while actively developing a closed, parallel health care system for the Communist Party elite, foreign ‘health tourists,’ and others who can pay for services in hard currency.” U.S. Department of State, Press Statement, 1997 The U.S.: Defending the Embargo The Ultimate Public Health Irony in Cuba:  The Ultimate Public Health Irony in Cuba http://epm-schenker.ucdavis.edu/cuba.htm The End:  The End

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