Lessons learned and applied

(Granma International) – Debate at the Cuba-Salud 2015 international health care conference, taking place in Havana, has been focused on challenges facing public health systems around the world in efforts to provide universal health care. Cuba was recognized as having “the most universal health care system in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

Cuba’s Deputy Minister of Public Health Dr. Alfredo González moderated a panel discussion on the issue which included his Argentine counterpart, Dr. Edward Busto who noted the importance of promoting social progress by providing equal opportunity to health care, education and housing.

Public health authorities from the World Federation of Public Health Associations, Mozambique, China, Romania, Brazil, and Haiti, among others, participated in the discussion as well.

The Spanish version of an issue of The Lancet, focused on healthcare in Latin America was presented in the medical journal Medic Review, founded in 1997 to promote cooperation between medical communities in Cuba and the United States. Its editor, Gail Reed, commented that Cuba has “the most universal health care system in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

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