The Public Health Service

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The Public Health Service


The public health services in our republic embrace the entire population and are financed substantially by the state budget. The network of clinics (polyclinics), hospitals, maternity homes and nursing centres is quite large. You will find local medical centers not only in your neighbourhood but at all big factories and farms.

The patients pay nothing for treatment. Medical centers provide services free of charge. There are, of course, private practitioners who charge for visits. Main emphasis is laid on prevention or prophylactics. The saying has it that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".

Periodical medical examinations are sometimes practised here. А general examination is also required of persons planning to spend their holiday at a health resort.

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The all-out effort against epidemics deserves special mention. Many diseases have been, stamped out. Medicine is advancing further and is successfully trying to smite with heart diseases and cancer that take the highest toll of human lives.


In some countries, such as Canada, medical care is also free. All immigrants and refugees have a health card with a number on it; they present the card when they enter a health facility. People may visit the doctor, go to the hospital for surgery or tests, without paying, Students and visitors on visas would have to pay for health care.

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