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Cuba, Social Policy At A Crossroads: Maintaining Priorities, Transforming Practice, Miren Uriarte Sep 2011

Cuba, Social Policy At A Crossroads: Maintaining Priorities, Transforming Practice, Miren Uriarte

Miren Uriarte

From the beginning of the Cuban revolution in 1959, the model of social development has underscored equity across society and universal access. Full responsibility rests on government to fund and deliver social entitlements. These values have framed the development and implementation of social policy during the last 40 years. During this time Cuba has instituted free and universally accessible health care and education and has built on its formerly weak pension system to develop a universal and government sponsored one. Cuba's safety net of benefits includes protection of workers' employment and housing, food subsidies, utilities and other necessities, and ...