Enticing case study or celebrated anomaly? Policy learning from the Cuban health system

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2017-09-06

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Abstract

Abstract Cuba is regarded as having achieved very good health outcomes for its level of economic development. It has adopted policies and programmes that focus on prevention, universal access to healthcare, a strong primary care system, the integration of health in all policies, and public participation in health. It has also established a strong and accessible system of medical education and provides substantial medical aid and support to other countries. Why then, it may be asked, has the Cuban experience not had greater influence on health policies and reforms elsewhere? This article, based on a literature review and new primary sources, analyses various factors highlighted in the policy transfer literature in order to explain this. It also notes other factors that have created greater awareness of Cuban health achievements in some countries and which provide a basis for learning lessons from its policies.

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health policy, health reform, policy learning, Cuban health system

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Baggott, R. and Lambie, G. (2018) Enticing case study or celebrated anomaly? Policy learning from the Cuban health system. International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 33 (1), pp. 212-234

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Institute of Health, Health Policy and Social Care
Local Governance Research Centre (LGRC)