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Student experiences Cuban healthcare system first hand

So you have decided to take advantage of the lifting of the travel ban by taking a trip to Cuba.  You are hanging out, just enjoying the sights and sounds around you, when something goes horribly wrong.  Maybe you fall ill.  Maybe you have an accident.  Either way, you find yourself suddenly being rushed to the hospital in a country far from home.  You’re scared.  You’ve heard different news sources say both good and bad things about Cuban healthcare and have no idea what to expect.  What is going to happen?

In September 2018, public health doctoral student Deborah Kirkland found out what foreign travelers can expect first hand when she ended up in the emergency room while visiting the island nation.   Her experience was published in the January 2019 edition of MEDICC Review, which you can read here.