Fidel Castro’s Health Care Legacy

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<p>Fidel Castro’s passing on November 25 is a vivid reminder of the outsized role that he and Cuba have played in the history and imagination of the United States. In a new <em>To the Point</em> post, Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal, M.D., considers why such a small, poor country has obsessed Americans for so long. He also points out that while there are many negative aspects to the Cuban experience, its health system is a bright spot for the island nation. </p><p>Drawing on a visit to the country earlier this month, Blumenthal examines Cuba’s investments in primary care and public health and their impact on the health of the population. He also looks at Castro’s emphasis on training medical professionals and on biomedical research, which have produced exportable services and pharmaceuticals. </p> Read more