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Cuban Healthcare System (08:17)


Dr. Martha Beatriz Diaz Dehasa gives Dr. Sanjay Gupta a tour of her Havana health clinic and makes a few house calls. Gupta explains factors that have strained Cuba’s free healthcare system. The emphasis is now on preventative care, which is far less costly than treating disease.

Cuban Vaccines, Medical Diplomacy (06:46)

The United States spends five times as much per person on healthcare as compared to Cuba. Gupta visits the Center for Molecular Immunology, where Cuban researchers create their own vaccines. Director of Clinical Research Camilo Rodriguez discusses the center’s lung cancer vaccine.

Tour of Havana (07:37)

Gupta takes a tour of the city in a 1953 Chevrolet that costs $25, which is the average state salary for a month. Gupta’s tour guide, Rodolfo, shares his views on the Cuban healthcare system and why Cubans live longer than people elsewhere.

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Even though it is only 90 miles from the coast of Florida, Cuba feels a world away. The classic cars, the architecture, the music, and the people all combine to create the sights and sounds of Havana. Dr. Sanjay Gupta traveled to Havana to learn more about the Cuban healthcare system. Despite being one of the poorest countries, Cuba's healthcare is relatively strong in many ways. From a big emphasis on screenings and preventative care to vaccine innovations, Cuba has a lot to offer the medical field. Make the rounds with a family doctor through the streets of Havana and visit the lab where researchers created a lung cancer vaccine, sparking interest in the United States. And take a ride through Havana's old town in a classic car - the best way to see this historic city.

Length: 24 minutes

Item#: BVL187418

ISBN: 978-1-64623-313-7

Copyright date: ©2016

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