Thursday, November 09, 2006

So you want Cuban-style healthcare?

Then perhaps you should read Katherine Hirschfeld's new book on the matter. Marc at Uncommon Sense reports that Hirshfeld, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, authored a book called Health, Politics, and Revolution in Cuba Since 1898. She researched the book in person during the 1990s and what she learned is that:

The reality of the Cuban healthcare system turned out to be different than the scholarly ideal: it was bureaucratized, authoritarian, and repressive, and most people preferred to seek healthcare in the informal economy rather than endure the material shortages, red tape, and political surveillance of the public sector.
You can buy the book here, I know I will.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the heads up.
I hope my local library can pick it up since I can't justify spending $50 for a book.