Despite postwar depletion of health resources and manpower, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Poland have dramatically increased the level of health services offered to individual citizens. Dr. Weinerman and his wife-collaborator, Shirley, studied medical facilities in these countries during the spring of 1967. Their well-organized and clearly written analysis describes each country's health program in terms of its theoretical organization and goals as well as the actual delivery of health care. Although technical quality of more intricate health services falls below that found in many Western countries, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Poland have achieved sophistication of healthcare planning and organization that Western countries could well emulate. As an illuminating example of critical research, this book will interest health planners of any political persuasion.
Three primary Eastern European health goals have been reduction of communicable disease, maternal and child health care, and environmental sanitation and hygiene. Standards and policy are set by national government,