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Emergency medical systems in Czechoslovakia

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      Abstract

      The year 1987 witnessed the “velvet revolution” of Vaclav Havel and the beginning of democratic reform in Czechoslovakia. As the country struggles to build a market-based economy, it maintains a well-developed socialist system of health care that is patterned after the former Soviet system and is free to all (Am J Emerg Med 1984;2:455–456). Formal private medical practice does not exist. Non-emergency care is provided by multispecialty, primary-care oriented clinics (polyklinka) where afterhours visits are possible due to the presence of on-call physicians. In small towns such an on-call doctor would be a general practitioner, but in large cities an internist, pediatrician, and surgeon might all be available.

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