The Cuban health system
Occasionally, however, we hear conflicting views about the state of Cuban medical facilities from people who appear to have no axe to grind.
Take the group of visiting Spanish students who were involved in a serious road accident last weekend near Varadero.
Ten of the students had to be admitted to hospitals in Matanzas province as a result of the accident, with five later transferred to hospitals in Havana because of the seriousness of their injuries.
On their return to Madrid yesterday, some of the students who had been discharged were interviewed by the Spanish newsagency Efe.
The students were full of praise for the medical staff but not so convinced by the facilities – at least in Matanzas.
One of the students interviewed, identified only as Alberto, said the local hospitals they had been sent to were “in very bad shape” and that the students had to take their own linen, towels and medications.
A second student, Raquel, described the conditions as “a disaster” and likened the local hospitals to “hospitals in Rwanda”, lacking even basic sterilisation equipment.
Don’t forget: these are ordinary local hospitals that are used daily by ordinary Cubans, rather than tourists.
You can read about it here, in Spanish.