simonn wrote:On a practical level, not having universal health care has not been shown to be more efficient than universal care.
Far from it, in fact.
http://robertlindsay.wordpress.com/2011 ... alth-care/
Cubans live 2 months longer than Americans. Or, if you want to be picky, it’s a wash, and Cubans and Americans live about as long as each other.
Cuba’s rates of maternal mortality (a very important figure), infant mortality and child mortality rates are above that of the 3rd World and are at about the level of the 1st World. In that sense, Cuba is a 1st world country.
What is incredible is this:
Cuba spends 4 cents on health care to every one of our dollars. Yes, Cuba gets better outcomes for 96% less cost. Does that make any sense at all?
However, bringing this back OT - it is in the US where there is greater use of, and in some states, levels of mandatory requirements for cyclists using helmets. Meantime in Cuba no-one much wears helmets, the use of bicycles would be of value in their strategy of preventative medicine.