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Healthcare in the Czech Republic

The Czech Ministry of Health building, pictured in September 2012

The Czech health care system has a great degree of decentralization and market forces used in it compared to other European systems, and the nation has faced substantial problems after the transition from Communist dictatorial rule to capitalistic democracy in the 1989-1992 period. From the past top-down centralized government system, the newly elected administrators enacted reforms designed to expand patient choice. From 1990 to 1998, deaths under one year of age shrank from 10.8 to 5.2 per thousand. Statistically, the Czech Republic is one of the healthiest of the central and eastern European countries, though some data points lag behind the more advanced Western European nations. The Republic has been a member of the



  • OECD's Czech Republic country website
  • Affordable Health Care in the Czech Republic

External links

  1. ^ a b c Primary health care in the Czech Republic: brief history and current issues

References

See also

A Czech ambulance, pictured in May 2006
There is currently considerable interest in looking to Western Europe for inspiration and a certain degree of willingness to implement, what is usually described as, the European model of health care. The context of the situation in the Czech Republic, traditions with respect to social organisation and attitudes to health and health issues, and also the economic situation of the country, will all play an important role and pose many specific issues when trying to implement new concepts such as a family doctor. It remains to be seen how far these new concepts are effective and viable in the context of the Czech Republic.[1]

In late-2000, professors of medicine Jan Holčík and Ilona Koupilová wrote for The International Journal of Integrated Care,

In terms of administration, the system is based on a compulsory insurance model, with fee-for-service care funded by mandatory employment-related insurance plans since 1992.[1]

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