Lessons from Cuba: The Social Value of Medicine

Arun Suri, an internal medicine intern at San Francisco General Hospital, draws upon lessons learned from studying Cuba’s health-care system in this thought-provoking commentary, sharing insights about the ways that Cuban medical schools nurture the social value of medicine.

While Cuban doctors earn an average of $2 a day and often can’t afford homes or cars, the health system places great value on prevention, public health, and connection to patients, underscored by practices like home visits.

The Quote: “… there is a social orientation to the practice of medicine evident in Cuba that is largely missing in the US health-care system.”

The Lancet

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