Cuba hikes salaries for doctors, nurses

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Associated Press

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 21 at 11:04 AM

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is giving its hundreds of thousands of medical workers a raise.

At the high end, doctors with two specialties will see their salary go from the equivalent of $26 a month to $67. An entry-level nurse will make $25, up from $13.

Salaries at government-run jobs in Cuba average about $20 a month, augmented by a range of free services and subsidies.

The Communist Party daily Granma also says Cuba expects to take in $8.2 billion this year for the tens of thousands of medical workers serving in countries such as Venezuela and Brazil.

It says that represents 64 percent of the island's income from the export of services.

Granma and other official media published news of the pay hikes Friday.

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