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.