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The Myth of Cuba’s “Successful” Health Care System (Guest: Dan Mitchell)

February 6, 2019

Dan Mitchell exposes the myth of Cuba's "successful" health care system, how that relates to what's happening in Venezuela, and what U.S. legislators with a penchant for socialism should learn from the island's economic fiasco.

World-renowned libertarian economist Dan Mitchell joins the HCN podcast to talk about his piece on The Myth of Cuba's Glorious Health Care System. In the piece, Mitchell breaks down how abysmal health care access is under 50 years of Castro's socialist regime in Cuba, pulling from the writing of other scholars and economists to make his case. Mitchell explains how Cuba actually has three distinct health care systems: one high-functioning system for the party elite; one state-of-the art system for "medical tourists" mostly devoted to cosmetic surgeries and primarily used for public relations; and one tragic and decrepit system for the actual Cuban people. He also discusses the ways in which Venezuela is suffering under the same "command economy" and why the flirtation with socialism in the U.S. health care system is so troubling.

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Sarah Lee is a policy advisor for health care and a host of Heartland's Health Care News podcast.