Is Cuba A Viable Medical Tourism Destination?

Cuba Health Care PosterAs Cuban medicine has been in the news recently, some wonder if Cuba has become any closer to being a viable medical travel destination.

Venezuelan President Chavez has been treated for cancer in Cuba several times in the past few years. Cuban scientists are engaged in late-stage clinical trials in Europe for Heberprot-P, considered a potentially revolutionary medicine for diabetic foot ulcers.

The current issue of the New England Medical Journal presents a review of medical care in Cuba and the strengths of the Cuban health care system.

Authors Drs. Campion and Morrissey write in the NEJM that Cuba’s health care system has many admirable qualities, especially in its focus on prevention, primary care and community monitoring. They say “despite its limited economic resources, its health care system has Read more…