Havana Cuba’s Soviet Health Care Model



Havana, Cuba’s Soviet Health Care Model treats  the vast majority of their citizens.

The Kansas City Dental Implant Society planned an excursion to Havana, Cuba, December 2004 to deliver oral health care products

in the form of toothpaste, toothbrushes and antibiotics.

I render emergency dental care in Kansas City.

This was my first trip to Havana and must admit it will long be remembered. The island country depends on tourism for 80% of  it’s gross national product. Sugar cane no longer rules as their main source of revenue. Cuban music and dance will definitely catch your attention with a backdrop of fantastic sunsets and waves crashing over a 4 mile sea wall called the Malecon.

Havana is the capital city, major port, and leading commercial center

of Cuba. The city is one of the 14 Cuban provinces. The city province has 2.1 million inhabitants, the largest city in Cuba and the largest in the Caribbean region. The city extends mostly westward and southward from the bay, which is entered through a narrow inlet and which divides into three main harbours: Marimelena, Guanabacoa, and Atares. The sluggish Almendares River traverses the city from south to north, entering the Straits of Florida a few miles west of the bay.

King Phillip ll of Spain granted Havana the title of City in 1592 and a royal decree in 1634 recognized it’s importance by

officially designating it the “Key to the New World and Rampart of the West Indies.”

The sinking of the U.S. battleship Maine in Havana’s harbor in1898 was the immediate cause of the Spanish – American War.

Our evaluation of their health care delivery system revealed supply shortages of the very basics needed to treat daily maladies.

We saw firsthand skilled health care staff delivering care and doing the best with what was available to work with in a neighborhood dental clinic.

It was explained that the Soviet Union helped Cuba to implement a health care delivery system designed after it’s own

health care model. All Cuban citizens have access to basic health care.

I walked away from the clinic thinking about  treatment of patients in my own private practice. To see others do so much

with so little will make you a stronger practitioner in your daily battle plan confronting emergency dental care.

Our patients in crisis require more treatment time and may drain your daily energy if you are not prepared to treat the total

patient. The  patient in crisis may not be getting proper rest and nutrition. This will compromise their immune system.

Our rewards come when we are able to treat the total patient thus gaining increased energy levels. There is a real sense of

enjoyment and fulfillment in your health care practice when patients benefit from the services that you render, receiving quality health care.

The following strategy will help you treat the total patient:

1. Documentation of the patient in crisis existing condition.

2. Have a good medical and dental history.

3. Call the patient’s medical doctor for greater insight into the health history.

4. Keep the patient comfortable until out of crisis.

5. Support the immune system by treating the infection.

6.  Protein supplements will help keep nutritional requirements in a good range.

7. Review medications for dental related treatment concerns.

By calling the patient’s physician you gain valuable insight as to the best avenue to treat your patient.

I will return to Cuba and continue learning life’s lessons so that I may better serve others.

Havana Cuba’s Soviet Health Care Model does work for the citizens of Cuba.

From the Diary of my enlightenment

Artis L. Clark, D.D.S. & Gail H. Clark            https://dentist4you.biz

Kansas City Dental Implant Society            www.kcdis.com &  www.kcdentalimplants.com

Background from Wikipedia




“Dome of the Rock” World Healthcare System.

Many people are left out of our world healthcare system. People suffer needlessly as a result.

I render emergency dental care in Kansas City.

In America we may seek our first dental visit due to halitosis or pain relief. With our current health care system even in America

you may find access to health care a great concern as noted by the increasing frequency of hospital emergency room visits.

In the emergency room, set up is for life threatening emergencies.You may receive pain killers and antibiotics until you can get in to see a dentist.

Health care practitioners are willing to help where they can and will travel great distances to render care to those in need.

A dentist leaves Kansas City, a Midwest metropolis on his way to Chicago, Illinois. Today’s schedule calls for a meeting at the Israeli Consulate Generals Office. The meeting has been scheduled so that an upcoming project will receive the blessings of the state of Israel.

I have a plan to discuss the establishment of a not-for-profit dental clinic in a city known as Dimona, Israel.

Dimona is in the Negev desert, 36 kilometers (22mi) to the south of  Beersheba and 35 kilometers (22mi) west of the Dead

Sea above the Arava valley in the Southern District of Israel. It’s population at the end of 2007 was 33,600.

Dimona was one of the development towns created in the 1950s under the leadership of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben – Gurion.

Dimona itself was conceived in 1953, and settled in 1955, mostly by new immigrants from Northern Africa, who also constructed the city’s houses. When the Israeli nuclear program started later that decade, a location not far from the city

was chosen for the Negev Nuclear Research Center due to it’s relative isolation in the desert and availability of housing.

In spite of a gradual decrease during the 1980s, the city’s population began to grow  once again with the beginning of the Russian immigration in the 1990s. Currently, Dimona is the third largest city in the Negev, with the population of 33,900.

Dimona is home to Israel’s Black Hebrew community, governed by it’s founder, Ben Ammi Ben – Israel.  They are also known

as the African Hebrew Israelites who number 3,000 in Dimona, with additional families in Arad, Mitzpe Ramon and the Tiberias area.

Did you know many in the world healthcare system are left out?

Their official status in Israel was an ongoing issue for many years, but in May 1990, the issue was resolved with the issuing

of the first B/1 visas, and a year later, issuing of temporary residency. Status was extended to August 2003, when the Israeli

Ministry of Interior granted permanent residency.

A plan is conceived to approach American companies for supplies to get the project moving.

Knowing the volatility of the Middle East, I asked the Israeli Consulate General for a letter to help me get dental equipment through customs. It’s always good to contact the U.S. State Department before departure for added safety.

A letter was drafted with the blessings of the Consulate General, a warm man who talked with passion of his beloved home, Israel.

I archived the letter, typed in Hebrew.

To get the project moving the African Hebrew Israelite Community had offices in Washington, DC.  A relative working in

their Washington office became my liaison. We literally had a modern day caravan carrying small quantities of the donated

supplies to Israel by packing supplies in extra suitcases as the Hebrew Israelites would travel back and forth to Israel.

The next stop was a presentation to the National Dental Association House of Delegates  and Board of Trustees in Philadelphia, PA.

Donations of small instruments came forward.  Two African American dentists from the Washington, D.C. area joined my wife and I on this journey. (Dr. Cheryl Lee  &  Dr. Ja-Donna Hayes)

The four of us met in Tel- A -Viv after long flights to Israel. We each carried portable dental units that are used in field hospital settings.

The African Hebrew community allowed us to stay in their homes for the two week venture.

This was a strict Vegetarian community, no dairy products or meat  consumption.

(Personal note: Hadn’t planned on a forced diet. Next trip bring the U.S. full snack pack.)

As a self – sufficient community I saw first hand how hard work and love can unite people with a common goal.

In the Negev you experience a sight I can still see, tied up in front of the tent of a

Bedouin Arab, a camel the beast of burden and a modern Jeep SUV, the best of both worlds old and new ready for duty.

We all worked very long hours to help reduce pain and suffering in a place so distant from what we called home.

When a society decides to remove the majority of chemical quick fixes we in the west become so dependant upon,

the challenge becomes to continue a standard of health care that allows you to still combat pathogens and disease. A suitcase full of antibiotics was returned home  with only our worst cases needing the modern day wonder drugs. They were

replaced with Health Food store products such as Golden Seal and Oil of Oregano, very potent potions that should be used with  care and knowledge.

In our case establishing a preventative dental care program that would get the community brushing more frequently and

visiting their area dentists to confront needed dental treatment was our goal.  It was amazing how apprehensive the existing dental community was upon our coming, but educating patients seen helped create more frequent dental visits in Dimona  when we returned home.

The next year we were joined by another dentist and her mom from southern California. (Dr. Valerie Saunders)

No one could have told me how much love and caring would be received from this community and to this day when I think

about all the wonderful friends that were made back in the 90s, a certain peace comes over me that we were there to help.  Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” Keep giving for this is where your true blessing flow back to you ten fold.

The world healthcare system. This a question often left unanswered for the masses outside traditional healthcare.

From the  Diary of my enlightenment,

Artis L. Clark, D.D.S. & wife Gail H. Clark     <https://dentist4you.biz>

Sources: Picture Jerusalem Israel Dome of The Rock by U Duran  best picture gallery

& Dimona background from Wikipedia


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From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.    https://dentist4you.biz



Progress with Analysis


Launching my blog has been a goal for quite some time now.

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It has been a pleasure reading many of the websites on the Internet that have motivated me to try my hand at the art of writing.

A blog is a web log that is continuously updated.

It has opened channels for a learning process that allow me to understand the intricacies of search engine optimization.

At some point along the way your site must be monetized in order to cover expenses and hopefully make income as we give valuable content to others.

Give the world what it desires and you will be able to fulfill some of your own dreams.

Work experience in a public library many years ago provided a great backdrop for an inspired writer.

In the quiet of winter snow showers or the slow days from heavy rain filled skies you get plenty of opportunities to read some of your favorite authors.

A library has existed for years as my personal sanctuary.

With a journal under your arm you amass a wide variety of topics.

Mentors are within listening range irregardless of your niche.

Travel is an excellent time to document material for future publish.

Many are unable to find the time to publish their thoughts in a hardback book, but electronic media is a perfect platform to get started.

It is my hope the blog will help others to get started as they follow researched articles with search engine optimization learned from the worldwide web as the site develops.

The journey seems exciting in it’s infancy.

For young aspiring writers don’t give up if this is your dream.

Looking at other sites, the web motivates the community it serves with both positive and negative feedback.

Basic courses in the management of a website will get you started in the right direction.

Pay for expertise as it is needed but above all learn from the Internet and have fun!

Building traffic is the first phase of any business venture.

Build the bridge from your own point of view that will bring visitors on a consistent basis to your site.

This will allow you to promote your goods and services to the web.

My site is the marketing arm to my dental business.

Launching my blog is the beginning step to one of my dreams, so here we come!

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

Artis L. Clark, D.D.S.   http://www,dentist4you.biz