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Cuban healthcare providers in Venezuela: a case study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20713295     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Approximately 31,000 Cuban healthcare providers reside in Venezuela as part of an initiative to increase Venezuelans' access to health care. The concept began in 1999 as part of the new constitution, and has grown steadily to include 6000 clinics, health promotion and prevention programmes, an integrated healthcare system, and a vision to train and deploy community public health physicians selected from and trained within the neighbourhood. In the case study described herein, physician-patient consultations increased from 3.5 million to 17 million, and the numbers of primary care physicians, nurses and dentists increased dramatically. Furthermore, in Caracas, there has been a 30% reduction in the use of emergency rooms at public hospitals. Estimates are provided for preventive services and potential lives saved. As health care is a politically-laden issue in many countries, all approaches to reducing healthcare disparities are worth analysing for their potential contributions to population health improvement.
W W Westhoff; R Rodriguez; C Cousins; R J McDermott
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-08-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health     Volume:  124     ISSN:  1476-5616     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-13     Completed Date:  2010-12-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376507     Medline TA:  Public Health     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  519-24     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2010 The Royal Society for Public Health. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Global Health, University of South Florida College of Public Health, Tampa, FL 33612, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cuba / ethnology
Health Personnel / organization & administration*
Health Plan Implementation / organization & administration
Health Planning / organization & administration*
Health Promotion / organization & administration
Health Services Accessibility / organization & administration*
Organizational Case Studies
Primary Health Care / organization & administration
Public Health Administration / methods*

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