The Cuban regime offers heart transplants for 70,000 US dollars, according to an investigation by the NGO Archivo Cuba on the regime’s health business, which includes the sale of blood and derivatives, tissues, glands and human organs of different origins.
The CubaforHealth.com medical services sales entity offers all-inclusive packages for kidney transplants at US$18,750, stem cell (bone marrow) transplants for leukemia and multiple myeloma at US$49,000 and heart transplants at US$70,000, and hair transplants for US$4,250. ; It also offers options for corneal transplants and conjunctival autografts, but without indicating their prices.
Kidney and bone marrow transplants require high compatibility rates, in the case of donors who are usually close relatives; for cardiac patients, the requirements are lower but -in no case- do the companies indicate the origin of the organs transplanted to foreign patients.
CubaforHealth.com puts its prices between 60 and 80% cheaper than those in the United States and has a representation in Panama, located on Eric del Valle Street, Rapiventas Building, Ground Floor, between Vía Argentina and Alberto Navarro Street, El Crab, Bella Vista; Telephone: (507) 214 3509.
The entity for the sale of medical services CubaHeal.com; that it does not inform about prices, offers “first quality medical services” in Cuba and “packages of all kinds for foreign patients”; supported by government health care providers, the Cuban Ministry of Public Health, and officials from the government of the Republic of Cuba; according to their website.
On both platforms, it is specified that their packages do not include medicines for possible associated pathologies, such as depression and blood coagulation; noting that the medicines, fluids, blood and derivatives that are used, as well as the additional procedures that are carried out and that are not included in the exact treatment, will be billed separately.
The companies offer alternative recreation programs for companions, which will also be billed separately; although it does include 20 hours of Internet browsing.
CubaHeal’s team of medical tourism experts has visited and conducted exhaustive investigations and inspections of “all world-class Cuban treatment centers, hospitals and hotels” to ensure that the needs, exceptions and correspond to the personal financial situation of the foreign patient. , warns on its website.
“The paradise called Cuba is a tropical island bathed in the sun (…) Cuba is one of the safest countries in the world. The concept of crime that exists in other countries is unheard of on this island. It is well guarded, with police and security forces present in almost all the most frequented areas,” reads the propaganda on the CubaHeal.com website, which proclaims itself as a “loyal supporter” of the Cuban Republic, people, revolution and revolutionary leadership.
The entity does not report on its business structure, nor does it identify its managers and announces that it has three branches in the Caribbean, the Americas and the Middle East / North Africa; who share a single email: Sales@cubaheal.com.
The representation for the Caribbean region is in Jamaica, at 111.5 Red Hills Road Kingston 19, St. Andrew, with a mobile phone number +1 876 529 78 66; the branch for the Americas is located in Canada, with an office at 7030 Woodbine Avenue, Suite 500 Markham, ON, Canada L3R 6G2 and telephone number, +1 905 943 29 82.
The Middle East and Africa office is located in Lebanon, in Beirut, at 7th Floor, Le Mall Building, Dbayeh Highway, Northern Metn, with telephone number, +961 452 62 00.
All assisted by the EcoCuba Pro travel agency, based in Canada, with headquarters in the same office as the Ontario branch of CubaHeal.com; albeit with different phone numbers and email: + 1 905 943 4049 (Canadian); +1 855 600 01 23 (free) and Info@ecocubapro.com.
In addition to transplants, both entities offer various treatments, including addictions to different types of drugs; in institutions such as the “Las Praderas” International Health Center, and others dedicated to Research in Longevity, Aging and Health, several Havana hospitals and the “Cira García” clinic, and the National Centers for Minimally Invasive Surgery and international Restoration Centers. Neurological (CIREN) and Retinitis Pigmentos “Camilo Cienfuegos”.
Medical tourism in Cuba receives propaganda support such as that of the North American filmmaker Michael Moore, whose documentary “Sicko”, extolling the island’s public health and criticizing the United States, was premiered on the “Round Table” program on Cuban state television; although its dissemination was later limited due to the “government’s fear” that it would become a boomerang among Cubans; as indicated by one of the diplomatic cables leaked by Wikileaks.
The correspondent of the US agency AP in Havana, transmitted a cable entitled, “Do Cubans get better medical care than Americans?”, comparing costs per day of hospitalization and kidney transplants in Cuba and the United States; ensuring that the island produces many medicines and labor costs are significantly lower than its neighbor to the North; Although a specialist earns 1,850 pesos a month, which is equivalent to around 18 US dollars, according to the official exchange rate, Archivo Cuba recalled.
The transplant system in Cuba is supported by a national organization that has five territorial centers, thirty-two coordination units (located in hospitals), nine kidney centers, including one pediatric, three liver centers; with one for children; and one exclusively for heart transplants; all under the coordination of the National Transplant Coordination Office; record keeper
of donors and recipients, waiting lists and the allocation and distribution of organs and tissues during the 24 hours following the death of the donor.
Cuban law establishes “family consent” for organ donations; once the death of a brain-dead patient has been certified, a circumstance that starts the national transplant system, MINSAP explained, without referring to foreign transplant recipients or clarifying that the donation is voluntary, but charges $70,000 for each heart transplant to foreign patients.
Between 2014-2019, MINSAP performed 813 kidney transplants from deceased donors and 108 from living donors, in addition to 102 liver transplants, 160 bone marrow transplants, 1,444 corneas transplants and five heart transplants; but in no case did it clarify how many correspond to national and foreign transplant recipients; Nor does the Cuban government clarify how much it collects for this type of health tourism.