From MIchael Moore's web site:
SiCKO: In the U.S., health care costs run nearly
$7,000 per person. But in Cuba, they spend around
$200 per person.
* United States health spending per capita is
$6,697 per person according to Catlin, A, C.
Cowan, S. Heffler, et al, "National Health
Spending in 2005." Health Affairs 26:1 (2006). As
with the number of uninsured, the number
continues to increase and is projected to be
$7,092 per capita in 2006, $7,498 per capita in
2007 and reaching $12,782 by 2016, according the
Department of Health and Human Services Center
for Medicare and Medicaid Expenditures, National
Health Expenditures Projections 2006-2016,
* The World Health Organization puts Cuba's
per capita health spending at approximately $229
American dollars. WHO, "Core Health Indicators,
Country, Indicator and Year selection, 2007,"
SiCKO: In Cuba, access to health care is universal.
* "Cuban dissatisfaction with their personal
lives does not mean they are negative about the
revolutionary government's achievements in health
care and education. A near unanimous 96 percent
of respondents say that health care in Cuba is
accessible to everyone. Gallup polls in other
Latin American cities have found that on average
only 42 percent believe health care is
accessible." Gallup/ Consultorķa
Interdisciplinaria en Desarrollo, "Cubans Show
Little Satisfaction with Opportunities and
Individual Freedom Rare Independent Survey Finds
Large Majorities Are Still Proud of Island's
Health Care and Education," January 10, 2007.
SiCKO: Cuba has a lower infant mortality rate and
a longer average lifespan than the United States.
* The 2006 United Nations Human Development
Report's human development index states the life
expectancy in the United States is 77.5, and is
77.6 in Cuba. Human Development Report 2006,
United Nations Development Programme, 2006 at
* According to the United Nations Statistics
Division, Population and Vital Statistics Report,
the rate of infant deaths per thousand in Cuba is
6.2 per thousand, and in the United States is
6.8. "Table 3, Live births, deaths, and infant
deaths, latest available year, June 15, 2007."
At 11:32 AM -0400 7/4/07, herb fox wrote:
>Thanks for the post Michael.
>Does someone know the measures by which Cuba is
>judged 39th? Without detailed information i
>assume that 39th is pretty good for a country
>that has been suffering a 50-yr blockade by the
>most powerful nation in the world. Even today a
>shipment of medical supplies is being held by
>the US at the US/Canadian border.
>An interesting aspect of Ms Wong's review is that after remarking,
>Moore violates the contract between reporter and audience: to tell the truth.
>she later use the quote:
>"The treatment Moore and the rescue workers
>receive in the film was done specifically for
>them, because they [the Cubans] knew it would
>make great propaganda," Dr. Julio Cesar Alfonso,
>a Miami doctor who practiced medicine in Cuba
>for four years, said in a June 22 interview with
>The Miami Herald.
>Quoting a Cuban expatriate's interview in the
>Miami Herald as the single source of contrary
>information is hardly acceptable journalistic
>searching for the truth.
>Does Moore diminish his effectiveness by some of
>his practices? I think so from having seen his
>previous films. He doesn't hide his position
>though. I would challenge Ms Wong to analyze the
>fraction of US films that are in fact propaganda
>in whole or in part and never advertise
>themselves as such. Would the US lung cancer
>rate be so high had not Hollywood promoted
>smoking in its films, usually for a fee?