BK health care professionals study health care in Cuba

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A group of Brooklyn health care professionals recently returned from Cuba after learning about the country's medical system and how it helps people. 

Workers from Interfaith Medical Center, along with professionals from throughout the borough, say they often deal with patients who are uninsured or underinsured. They say statewide cuts have also made it hard to keep the Interfaith Medical Center and a number of other hospitals open.

Diane Porter, who organized the trip, says they went to Cuba where medical care is free. She says the country has a much more affordable health care system.

In addition to being more affordable, therapist Jennifer Sewall says the relationship between doctors and patients is more intimate. She says the doctors know the conditions of each person in the community.

Experts say community doctoring in Cuba has helped its residents live just as long as people in America, but at a fraction of the cost.

Porter says there is no easy way to fix America's health care system, but learning about the systems in other countries is a good place to start.

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