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To: pieceofthepuzzle

How much do they pay the doctors and nurses?

It is interesting though, that Cuba and the U.S. have about the same life expectancy average - 78 years.


17 posted on 08/27/2012 5:54:46 AM PDT by randita (Paul Ryan is "Mr. Smith goes to Washington.")
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To: randita

“It is interesting though, that Cuba and the U.S. have about the same life expectancy average - 78 years.”

If true, this isn’t that surprising, for a variety of reasons - including that they don’t have many people who are morbidly obese (calorie restriction prolongs life in animal studies - although the mechanisms are unclear), and probably don’t have as much access to the excesses of life that we do in the US - including drugs of abuse.

This brings up a very important issue that I strongly feel needs clarification. Medical care is primarily about quality of life - not longevity. As much as we would love to be able to prolong life with medical care, the bottom line is that it is very difficult to show this for most of what modern medicine offers.

Longevity in society is very much a function of things like diet, exercise, genetics, effective sewage and water treatment, avoiding the use of drugs, smoking, and excessive alcohol, and in many areas of the inner city violent crime plays a role. High blood pressure is a mortality predictor, and being overweight is a significant risk factor for high blood pressure - for instance.

Lifespan didn’t increase in this country because we developed hip replacements, or chemotherapy, or bypass surgery, etc. etc. In specific instances many of these can prolong life, but statistically they do little to increase the lifespan of the general population.

Cuba, by the way, ranks 49th in terms of population with obesity. The US ranks as 6th. Obesity has been, incidentally, increasing in Cuba. Unless stopped this will likely have effects down the road on societal longevity.


22 posted on 08/27/2012 6:29:39 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: randita
It is interesting though, that Cuba and the U.S. have about the same life expectancy average - 78 years.

Yes, and they also have 100% literacy. In Cuba the marvelous education system ensures that everyone can read. Unlike in more advanced countries even children struck down with terrible diseases or mental retardation can read! (Sarcasm off)

Like any leftist endeavor you can assume that the statistics from Cuba's government are lies. If they aren't flat out lies they use different methods to determine the outcome so that their numbers are not comparable with results from other nations. Cuba reports a lower rate of infant mortality by re-defining "infant".

28 posted on 08/27/2012 9:59:27 AM PDT by freeandfreezing
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