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“On the public health side, Cuba has more doctors per capita than any other country in the world, and during this special period not one clinic has had to close. That, too, is a remarkable achievement. As a matter of fact, what they have done in 1993, which to me is just amazing, is that they have reduced the infant mortality figure from 10.2 per 1,000 live births to 9.4. All of these achievements on a per capita national income, according to the CIA’s World Fact Book of 1993-1994, of only $1,500 per year. Their infant mortality at 9.4 is on a par with the developed countries, with the U.S. It’s even lower than it is in major cities in the U.S., like Washington, New York, Chicago or Los Angeles. Cuban life expectancy, the other indicator for public health, is also interesting. A Cuban male born today is expected to live 74 years on average. A male born in the U.S. today is expected to live 72 years. Women are the same, 79 years in both countries. But compare Cuba with Mexico or Brazil, and remember that when you consider Cuba, it has to be in the context of Latin America and the comparisons with the rest of Latin America. It cannot be taken out of context, whether you’re discussing democracy or the quality of life. In fact, the Cubans have been able to achieve the highest quality of life in all of Latin America, despite the problems with the U.S. and the blockade.”

Philip Agee, “A Century of War and Bad Faith; Cuba History, and the CIA,” Prevailing Winds Magazine, March 9, 1994, Page 33

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