Cuban Doctors Overseas Medical Program

Facts:

  • Since the Cold War era, Cuba has used “overseas medical missions” to exploit its citizens to generate foreign currency and hard assets through forced labor. Cuba continues to aggressively promote these international medical programs at the expense of the doctors.

 

  • Doctors in Cuba’s medical labor program constitute  Cuba’s #1 export to foreign markets, and its top source of annual revenue.

 

  • Exporting health care professionals to foreign governments generates around $11B annually, making it a bigger source of revenue than the island’s tourism industry.

 

  • The money generated from the Medical Missions constitutes over 50% of Cuba’s revenue in hard currency.

 

  • The doctors are currently exported more than 50,000 professionals to over 67 countries worldwide via international agreements between nation states. (Full list below)

 

  • The largest and most expensive medical mission Cuba has ever participated in is an ongoing program in Venezuela, with over 30,000 Cuban doctors still working there, despite recent upheaval. 

 

  • Cuban doctors who served in Brazil, who defected and came to the United States under the Cuban Medical Professionals Parole Program have filed a class action lawsuit against PAHO, alleging PAHO violated the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act and Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act in Federal Court in Miami.