Medicine in the different countries

Healthcare in the Czech Republic

Healthcare (including dental treatment) is free to all citizens in the Czech Republic. It is provided through compulsory contributions to a state approved insurance fund. Healthcare costs here are well below the European average, yet standards are in line with some of the best health centres in Western Europe.

Switzerland's healthcare system

Switzerland is known throughout Europe for its quality medical and paramedical services, with health care always high on the political agenda.

Swedish health care

Everyone in Sweden has equal access to health care services under a largely decentralized, taxpayer-funded system. Like many other countries, Sweden faces numerous challenges, such as funding, quality and efficiency of its health care services.

Mongolia Health Care and Vaccinations

Health care facilities are improving in Ulaanbaatar and provincial capitals but still short of Western standards. Serious medical emergencies may require evacuation to Beijing or Seoul. Doctors and hospitals may expect immediate cash payment for health services.

Health in Burma

The general state of health care in Burma is poor. The military government spends anywhere from 0.5% to 3% of the country's GDP on health care, consistently ranking among the lowest in the world.

Health in Ivory Coast

The public medical services of Ivory Coast are more important than the small number of private physicians and clinics. As of 2004, there were an estimated 9 physicians, 31 nurses, and 15 midwives per 100,000 people. About 77 percent of the population had access to safe water in 2000. Total health care expenditures were estimated at 3.7 percent of GDP.

Lesotho Health Care and Vaccinations

Comprehensive travel and medical insurance is recommended. Medical facilities in Lesotho are limited and there is no ambulance service. Treatments for some cases may require transfer to a South African hospital; good facilities are available in Blomfontein, 145km (90 miles) west of Maseru.

Health in Liberia

Liberia faces widespread health problems, including Ebola, endemic malaria, malnutrition, widespread mental health problems and a low level of public health awareness.

Healthcare in Mauritius

Protection against sunburn: It is very important to protect oneself well from insolation. It is much stronger than in Europe and one may get sunburned even in cloudy weather. Use suncream with a high sun protection factor, get used to the sun slowly, wear a headgear and stay in the shadow in the beginning of your stay.

Mauritania Health Care and Vaccinations

Medical facilities are very limited. Nouakchott boasts the country's best medical facilities with many doctors, most in private practices or clinics, and plenty of chemists stocking most existing French medicines. Health insurance, to include cover for emergency repatriation, is essential.

Madagascar Health Care and Vaccinations

Much of the healthcare in Madagascar is robust, with several hospitals and health care centres spread throughout the country.

Healthcare in Malawi

Healthcare in Malawi and its limited resources are inadequate to fully address factors plaguing the population, including infant mortality and the very high burden of diseases, especially HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

Health care in Morocco

There are decent medical facilities in all main cities, including emergency pharmacies (see postings in pharmacy windows listing the nearest pharmacie du garde, or after-hours pharmacy) and clinics in major hotels outside normal opening hours. Government hospitals provide free or minimal charge emergency treatment.

Healthcare in Mozambique

Almost all healthcare services are provided by the government's National Health Service. The army maintains its own health posts and two hospitals. Traditional healers continue to play a significant role.

Health in Namibia

Namibia faces a number of challenges providing health care to its citizens. The country has a dual system of public (serving 85% of the population) and private (15%) health care providers. In the financial year 2006/07, Government and private health expenditure combined accounted for 8.3% of the country's Gross Domestic Product.