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Unpublished Paper
Healthcare in Cuba
ExpressO (2010)
  • Carmen M Cusack
Poor Americans who lack health-insurance or have little opportunity to access specialized or non-emergency medical treatment in the U.S. should be permitted by the U.S. State Department to spend money in Cuba in order to receive inexpensive medical treatment, and should be allowed to stay (and spend) in Cuba as long as necessary in order to receive inexpensive medical treatment. If Americans were permitted by an exception in the Helms-Burton Act to spend money in Cuba and visit for medical purposes, then Cuba would likely treat these Americans for a very low cost. This can be argued because 1) Cuba has a longstanding history of providing fine medical treatment to their own poor and the poor of other countries; 2) Cuba has also provided medical education to poor U.S. students seeking to treat and care for the American poor; and 3) Cuba provides free emergency care, stabilizing care, and medicine to Americans who fall ill in Cuba.
  • U.S. policy towards Cuba,
  • healthcare,
  • Cuban doctors,
  • medical tourism,
  • medical school,
  • ELAM,
  • disaster relief,
  • Helms-Burton,
  • State Department,
  • health insurance,
  • poor
Publication Date
August 17, 2010
Citation Information
Carmen M Cusack. "Healthcare in Cuba" ExpressO (2010)
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