Cancer, severe economic impact on families in Cuba

Posted on November 21, 2013 • Filed under: Cuba, Latin America Health

The meager budgets of Cuban families are put to the test when one of the members is diagnosed with cancer. Although treatment is free of cost, only extended networks of support help alleviate the economic impact of the disease, which is now the number one cause of death.

“The most expensive thing is the diet. We have to buy fruit, vegetables, chicken and fish, which are costly and hard to get,” said Adolfo (not his real name), who changed jobs four times in his efforts to help his wife through her 11-year battle with cancer, which she finally lost in September. Read Article

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