Yesterday I ran across an article on the New York Times* website about the medical reforms that are taking place in the
Back in the day, the state (mainly under communism) took care of all the health needs of the people. No one had to pay anything in most cases! And if they did, usually the fees/prices were subsidized and were very small. This had been the norm for almost 60 years. Now, however, everyone must pay to see the doctor, pay for the doctor to write prescriptions, and then pay for the medicines that have been prescribed. There is also now a charge for hospital stays.
The fees don’t sound very high from a Western point of view. The fee to see a general practitioner or a specialist is 30 KC (about $1.85—paid to each doctor you have to see for your health problem), the fee charged per prescription is 30 KC (about $1.85) and then there is a charge for the medicine, itself, the charge per day in hospital is 60 KC (about $4.00). These sound like bargain prices to our ears, and we wonder how anyone could be upset to pay these amounts! First, we need to understand what the average monthly take home pay is…then we begin to see the dilemma.
The average salary in the
The government is planning on moving the Czech health care system more toward the system we have in the
We face similar problems in the
You all have a great day!
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*Kulish, Nicholas “$1.85 Fee to See a Doctor? Some Say It’s Too Much” New York Times.