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Good morning! My name is Christian Burgos, General Physician at a Medical Center in the South of Chile, La Union. Johanna sent me a question in regards to my opinion about the economic “blockade” (embargo) of the United States on Cuba and how this influences the expansion of Cuban medicine in the United States, and the rest of the world. The question is slightly complicated, but the way that I see it is that with the use of resources that Cuba uses for healthcare and medicine and the resources that the United States and other countries use for their healthcare and medicine. We cant forget that the definition of health according to the World Health Organization Organization is “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. From this point of view, it is easy to become blinded by technology and its use in medicine. Certainly, new technology helps us find better treatments for sicknesses, but here in lies the question, are these treatments really beneficial for the betterment of our health, or are there other motives? I believe that Cuba has achieved excellent success in healthcare and medicine with very minimal resources and this points to a successful and strong political health system. A health policy that is coherent and social. It also has to do with its style of politics and community dynamics. In conclusion, I believe that the economic “blockade” has had a definite influence, but more than just technology it has had a huge influence on an individual and social basis; understanding medicine as a whole and not just as something based on technology, but as something that is a bond within communities and our happiness. All the best and thank you.

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