Cuba closes 54 hospitals since 2010: government

October 10, 2012

Cuba said Tuesday it has closed 54 hospitals since 2010, a sign that recent drastic budget cuts are taking a toll on one of this Communist island's most prized achievements: its vaunted healthcare system.

Figures released by Cuba's National Office for Statistics and Information showed that the country now has one-fourth fewer hospitals that it had just two years ago, from 215 down to the current 161.

A reduction in the number of also has been pronounced, from 13,203 to 12,738.

The number of maternal clinics was slashed meanwhile from 10 to four, while 16 clinics in the countryside were either eliminated or consolidated.

Cuba—hoping to save its sinking economy as it tries to preserve its socialist principles—enacted reforms in October 2010 to bolster private enterprise while the regime slashes government jobs.

Officials said Cuba spends about 52 percent of its national budget on health, education and social security.

Explore further: Cuba declares cholera outbreak over

Related Stories

Cuba declares cholera outbreak over

August 28, 2012
Cuba's health ministry said Tuesday the country's first cholera outbreak in 130 years is over after three deaths and more than 400 confirmed cases.

Cuba reports 16 percent online in some capacity

July 8, 2011
(AP) -- About 16 percent of Cubans are online in some capacity with access to email, the island's intranet or the worldwide Web, a government agency says.

Cuba's first cholera outbreak in 130 years kills three

July 3, 2012
An outbreak of cholera in eastern Cuba has killed at least three people, 130 years after the last known case of the disease was reported on the island.

Citing sanctions, Google blocks Analytics tool in Cuba

June 20, 2012
Cuba on Tuesday accused Google of "outrageous censorship" after the US Internet giant blocked access to a web traffic analysis tool to comply with US sanctions against Havana.

Cuba issues warning about dengue mosquitos

August 16, 2012
Cuban health officials warned Thursday about an increased number of mosquitoes in the country's urban areas that can spread diseases such as dengue fever.

Cuba cholera contained, no case in capital: blog

July 11, 2012
A Cuban cholera outbreak that has claimed three lives has been contained and no cases have been detected in the capital Havana, a pro-government blog reported Wednesday.

Recommended for you

Across Asia, liver cancer is linked to herbal remedies: study

October 18, 2017
Researchers have uncovered widespread evidence of a link between traditional Chinese herbal remedies and liver cancer across Asia, a study said Wednesday.

Eating better throughout adult years improves physical fitness in old age, suggests study

October 18, 2017
People who have a healthier diet throughout their adult lives are more likely to be stronger and fitter in older age than those who don't, according to a new study led by the University of Southampton.

Global calcium consumption appears low, especially in Asia

October 18, 2017
Daily calcium intake among adults appears to vary quite widely around the world in distinct regional patterns, according to a new systematic review of research data ahead of World Osteoporosis Day on Friday, Oct. 20.

New study: Nearly half of US medical care comes from emergency rooms

October 17, 2017
Nearly half of all US medical care is delivered by emergency departments, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM). And in recent years, the percentage of care delivered ...

Experts devise plan to slash unnecessary medical testing

October 17, 2017
Researchers at top hospitals in the U.S. and Canada have developed an ambitious plan to eliminate unnecessary medical testing, with the goal of reducing medical bills while improving patient outcomes, safety and satisfaction.

No evidence that widely marketed technique to treat leaky bladder/prolapse works

October 16, 2017
There is no scientific evidence that a workout widely marketed to manage the symptoms of a leaky bladder and/or womb prolapse actually works, conclude experts in an editorial published online in the British Journal of Sports ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.