Since joining the EU in 2004, the Czech Republic has made great strides in meeting western standards of medicine. The Czechs can prides themselves as having one of the lowest infant mortality rates, higher than that of the US and UK. The population enjoys a virtually universal healthcare coverage and a broad range of benefits, with better health outcomes than the EU averages.
The healthcare system went through dramatic changes since the Velvet revolution in 1989, and is governed by the Ministry of Health, providing good quality care and a stable and healthy medical environment. The health system is made up of two tiers, with both public and private care available. Similar to the UK system, those that can afford private care have access to better facilities and shorter waiting times compared with public facilities.
Hospitals and Doctors Standards in Czech Republic
In the Czech Republic, the title of Doctor of Medicine is given to graduates after six years of study. This allows the graduates to practice in a hospital as an assistant physician ¬under the supervision of another qualified doctor. Post graduate medical education involves a two-step specialization process. This ensure the high standards of its practitioners. Furthermore, all doctors currently praticing in the Czech Republic all have long term experience working in leading European hospitals The Czech Republic has made some major contributions to the field of medicine and other sciences, including the invention of the soft contact lenses, with both Nobel Prize nominated and prize winning scientists for chemistry and the development of pioneering antiviral drugs to combat HIV.
The Czech Republic has the highest number of doctors per capita of the new EU member countries. In recent years, high standards and stringent requirements ensure that the level of healthcare matchs European and international standards of care and treatment. While most hospitals are still run by the state, the standard of public acute care hospitals is excellent and comparable to other European countries.
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