Cuba has been afflicted with economic woes for decades due to trade embargoes and international isolation, because of its embrace of socialism and bonhomie with the Soviets during the cold war era. Not surprisingly, the country’s economy is in shambles today, with per capita GDP on par with that of countries like Botswana and Turkmenistan.
Despite the poverty, however, Cuba has a lot more to offer the world than those beloved Cuban cigars! One of the biggest takeaways for us would be from Cuba’s health care system. Yes, despite its depressed economy, the country has a highly successful public health care system that would put the United States’ health care system to shame.