CUBA – poorest of the healthy

A decade ago I lectured to the staff of the Ministry of Health in Cuba. After my talk the MinisterĀ happilyĀ said, this graphs showed that Cuba is theĀ healthiestĀ of the poor countries! On the way out a young staff memberĀ whisperedĀ in my ear:

– He is wrong, Cuba is just the poorest of the healthy countries.

Gapminder World describes that both were right, People in Cuba has the same life span Ā as Chile, Portugal, South Korea, Greece and USA. But Cuba has theĀ lowestĀ income per person of all these countries with Life Expectancy of 79 years! Is CubaĀ“s upper left position due to good health policy or bad economic policy? Ā I would say YES due to both reason, and now it seems as the new leader is fed up with the bad economic policy and starts toĀ allowsĀ some privetĀ enterprisesĀ in Cuba.

Hans Rosling