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Aug 12th, 2004, 03:48 AM
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Cuba Health Facilities

Can anyone tell me what the health services are like in Cuba. My wife will be 5 months pregnant when we visit Cuba, and we have heard that Cuba is a safe location with good health facilities, should we need them.
Also we're told that we don't need any particular jabs for Cuba, is that right?
I would like some feedback from other travellers, and your experiences in Cuba.
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Paschal, Ireland
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Aug 16th, 2004, 07:43 AM
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Hola Paschal:

A lot depends where you are going in Cuba. Most of the major Tourist areas have excellent health care facilities and specific foreign clinics. You will need either a valid medical insurance policy and number or else a credit card for service. Cash also works of course.

As to health concerns in Cuba, no specific shots are necessary, though I would take basic precautions and see that my tetanus shot is up to date. Personally, I also never travel anywhere without my Hep A+B shot. You can get the TwinRix type shops and have no worries at all.
Also make sure your travel insurance covers pregnancy expences as this might be excluded as a pre-existing condition. Depends on the policy.

Here are a few links that will help you. One is the Directorio Turistico de Cuba and the other two are links for Hospitals and Clinics.

http://www.transtur.com/eng/salud.asp

http://www.transtur.com/eng/buscar_s...&name=Hospital

http://www.transtur.com/eng/buscar_s...1&name=Clinics

Have a great trip and enjoy the wonderful experience of Cuba.
Steve


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