Hospital Services in the U.S.S.R

July 1967
Clinical Pediatrics;Jul1967, Vol. 6 Issue 7, p387
Academic Journal
The article discusses the hospital services in the Soviet Union. Entering medical students must choose one of three curricula which are taught by three separate faculties: general medicine (adult), pediatric medicine, or sanitation-epidemiology. Upon graduation the physician is assigned to a first-level medical position, usually in a hospital or polyclinic in a rural or peripheral area of the Soviet Union. Here, he is required to serve for three years under supervision as a member of a team of professional health care personnel. Of the Soviet Union's 9.6 general and mental beds per 1,000 population, 2.2 are pediatric beds, and most of them are in pediatric hospitals. Other child care facilities in the Soviet system are quasimedical in nature. These are the 'creches,' or nurseries and kindergartens, located near the factories and collective farms, where the mothers return to work about two months postpartum.


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