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Health Tourism is Big Business for Cuba

Special clinics and hospital wings are set aside for paying foreign clients. In 1996, according to a US government summary, more than 7,000 "Health Tourists" paid Cuba $25 million for medical services. Biotechnology is also a leading hard-currency earner for Cuba, the country exported $125 million dollars worth of medical supplies in 1995.

The country has made a conscious effort to attract foreign patients from Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Russia to specialized hospitals, which provide high-quality care at competitive prices. It has also distinguished itself by centering on the treatment of certain skin diseases which are not curable in other countries, and on the development of new procedures and drugs, such as for pigmentary retinopathy or vitiligo.

Package Deals in Health Tourism

The Cuban state owned travel and tourist organisation CUBANACAN TOURISM & HEALTH suggests packages to combine health care and wellbeing programs on the island. 

For dental implants check their site http://www.servimedcuba.com CUBANACAN Health Programs

Doctors Salaries in Havana

There's no private medical care system in Cuba, all medical doctors are part of the National Health system. Each Cuban citizen can get free medical treatment. According to the World Health Organaization, Cuba has one doctor for every 170 inhabitants. 

A doctors salary in Cuba is as low as 35 dollar per month, for this reason some doctors prefer to work in the tourist industry, where they can make more money as a taxidriver. Others are volunteers to work abroad for a higher wage in the medical exchange programs.

Doctors for Oil

Cuba has signed an agreement with Venezuela to exchange Cuban doctors for Venezuelan oil

In exchange for an estimated 20,000 Cuba doctors, Venezuela sends a daily oil shipment of 90,000 barrels.

Eye Clinic

Cuba has developed expertise in eye surgery. Together with Venezuela, the country has launched an eye treatment project named "Operación Milagro" (Operation Miracle) to provide eye treatment for a large number of poor people in Latin America. 

The eye treatment and surgery was done in Cuban hospitals. Two local doctors, Gloria Rodriguez and Luis Herrera were awarded in China by the Vice President for their contributions to the Cuban-Chinese eye clinic at the city of Hebei in the Henau province.

Miracle Doctor in Havana

Cuba has several healers but the most famous is without doubt Lino Tomasén, he claims that he can cure everone. His office is located at 410 Concordia street in Havana Centro, near the well known paladar La Guarida.

Dr.Tomasén heals with his fingers and starts his consultations each day at 8 o' clock in the morning. A treatment takes no longer than five minutes and costs 20 peso nacional (less than one dollar)

Hospitals in Havana

Clínico Quirúrgico
Calixto Garcia
Avenida de Universidad y 27 de Noviembre
Havana Vedado
Tel. 838 2171 Direction
838 2210 Administration
838 2176 Admission

Hermanos Amejeiras
San Lázaro #701
Havana Centro
Tel 876 1210 Information
876 1654 Admission 

Clinico Manuel Fajardo
Nva. de Hospitales y Zapata
Havana Vedado
Tel 838 2448 Direction
835 2539 Administration

Julio Trigo Lopez
Czda de Bejucal
Havana Naranjo
Tel 44 7261 Admission
643 8282 Information

Clinico Quirurgio Joaquin Albarran
Avenida de la Independencia
Ptes Grandes Havana
Tel 881 1164 Admission
881 0808 Direction - Administration
881 4656 Psychiatry

Contact adresses

General Division
Calle 43 No. 1418 esquina a Calle 18, Miramar, Playa. Ciudad Habana. Phone: (53 7) 204 4811 al 13 / 204 7219. Fax: (53 7) 204 1330 et 203 1630. email: presidente(at)sermed.cha.cyt.cu

Marketing Division
Calle 18 No. 4304 e/ 43 y 47, Miramar, Playa. Havana. Phone: (53 7) 204 8488/ 204 2023/ 204 2658. email: dircomercial(at)sermed.cha.cyt.cu

International Medical Services Division
Calle 18 No. 4304 e/ 43 y 47, Miramar, Playa. Havana. Phone: (53 7) 204 0114/ 204 2658. email: dirsmi(at)sermed.cha.cyt.cu

Tourist Medical Services Division
Calle 43 No. 1418 on the corner of Calle 18, Miramar, Playa. Havana. Phone: (53 7) 204 4811 to 13/ 204 1781. email: directorsmt(at)sermed.cha.cyt.cu

The Cuban Health Care

According to the government statistics, currently the country has more than 71,000 doctors, with 20,000 health workers in Venezuela, and 5,000 more spread over the world in over 60 additional countries, as it views such assignments as a vital part of its foreign policy. Cuba has sent doctors to underdeveloped countries and educated foreign doctors since the 1960s. Healthcare received 11.7 percent of the national budget and 98 percent of the population is covered by the state system, which emphasizes access and prevention. Consequently, Cuba has first-world figures for average life expectancy (75 years), infant mortality and other indicators. Maternal and child health is an area of top priority for the Cuban government and women have guaranteed and easy access to healthcare.

In 2004 Cuba's health system reported the lowest infant mortality rate in history, due in part to health programs carried out by local authorities. The Ministry of Health reported 5.8 deaths per every 1,000 live births in 2004 according to statistics from the health sector, one of the lowest rates in the world. Statistics from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) show that Cuba is among the 36 countries in the world with the lowest mortality rate.

Cuba's Response to AIDS

Except for Cuba (0.7%) the Caribbean has the second highest rate of AIDS infection in the world (2.3%) after sub-Saharan Africa (9%). When AIDS burst out in the early 1980s, the scientific world was shocked. The response of Cuba was critical at that point. In 1983, two years before the first case of HIV appeared in Cuba, they had already set up the National Commission on AIDS to educate their population. One year after documenting its first case of AIDS in 1985, Cuba introduced the world’s only compulsory quarantine policy for people with HIV infection. The country’s early response to HIV was unique in the world, but so were the results of its quarantine. In 2002, the Cuban government reported an HIV prevalence of 0.03%; nearly 11 times lower than that in the United States.


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