Salud Pública de México
Print version ISSN 0036-3634
DOMINGUEZ-ALONSO, Emma and ZACEA, Eduardo. The health system of Cuba. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2011, vol.53, suppl.2, pp.s168-s176. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342011000800012.
This paper describes the health conditions in Cuba and the general characteristics of the Cuban health system, including its structure and coverage, its financial sources, its health expenditure, its physical, material and human resources, and its stewardship functions. It also discusses the increasing importance of its research institutions and the role played by its users in the operation and evaluation of the system. Salient among the social actors involved in the health sector are the Cuban Women Federation and the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution. The paper concludes with the discussion of the most recent innovations implemented in the Cuban health system, including the cardiology networks, the Miracle Mission (Misión Milagro) and the Battle of Ideas (Batalla de Ideas).
Keywords : health system; social security; Cuba.