Cuba eyes overhauling its health care system by reassigning or sending more health workers overseas under contracts that aim to augment the country’s income and help reduce domestic health costs, Agence France-Presse says. The news agency notes that the move is a “significant change of direction for a country that has a proportionately large professional medical sector by international standards for its population of 11 million.” A statement from Cuba’s health ministry said that some health workers will be reassigned to higher-need areas while others will be deployed overseas as medical “cooperation” workers,AFP explains. The statement adds that medical services will be given for free to poor countries but sold to those that can afford to pay.

About the author

  • Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.