Take me to San Juan
This time, it’s in the form of a feature article filed from Havana by the Associated Press.
You will find a version of it in the left-leaning British daily The Guardian, under the headline “Despite hardships, Cubans live longer”.
According to the article, Cuban life expectancy averages 74.85 years for men and 79.43 years for women - compared with 75.15 and 80.97 respectively for folk in the US.
And the reasons for this? The article refers to a combination of mild climate, a “low stress” Caribbean lifestyle (yes, they are serious), and “free medical care”.
And sure enough, several supposedly ordinary Cubans are quoted at length about the free health care, the free doctors, the free medications, etc.
But here is another figure also mentioned in passing in the article you don’t read often.
It seems that Cuba’s life expectancy is not the highest in Latin America after all.
In fact, it’s second in the region to Puerto Rico.