Medical Tourism in Cuba

At Havana’s Cira Garcia Clinic, reserved for foreigners, breast augmentation surgery costs $1,248 (940 euros), compared to around $6,000 in the United States, $4,350 in Britain and $2,500 in Mexico, according to figures from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
“In this clinic we handle all types of medical specialties,” said deputy director Maria Antonieta Gonzalez. And if an in-house expert is unavailable, one can be borrowed from another hospital, she said.
There are plenty to choose from: Cuba has the highest number of doctors per residents in the world — one per 148 inhabitants, according to the World Health Organization.
In other countries, “what makes procedures expensive are the doctors, but in Cuba, they are paid like everyone else,” Gonzalez said.
What adds to the cost however is the difficulty in obtaining medical supplies, which cannot be bought in the nearby United States due to a trade embargo in place for a half-century, Gonzalez said.
On any given day there are 2,000 patients at the Cira Garcia from around the world. Most come from Latin America, but there are also patients from places like Angola, Canada, Spain, and even Cuban-Americans from the US.
Other Havana hospitals, like the Hermanos Ameijeiras and the Gonzalez Coro, have opened “international rooms” to cash in on the influx of foreigners.
Hotels are getting into the business too, with places like El Viejo y el Mar (The Old Man and the Sea), Triton and Neptuno catering to medical tourists.
Aside from foreigners who pay in much-needed hard currency, thousands of Venezuelans travel to Cuba each year for free medical treatment, benefitting from an agreement that Chavez signed with Fidel Castro, then president, in 2000.
There are 43 health centers in Cuba that cater to Venezuelans, with the government in Caracas picking up the tab.

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