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Flirting with the Market: The Early Soviet Government and the Private Provision of Health Care, 1917–1932

  • Pavel Vasilyev
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Abstract

This chapter travels to the early Soviet era and investigates private provision of health care in the 1920s. After the Revolution of 1917, health-care provision was reorganised to reflect aspirations to excluding market forces, establishing efficient central planning, and making medicine universally available and free. It was under these circumstances that private medicine emerged for a time. The chapter traces the evolution of government policy towards private provision of health care and conditions that enabled the development of this innovation under the communist rule, as well as the decline of this market innovation. By examining under-researched local archival materials, this chapter investigates how health professionals eager to provide private health-care services struggled to do so amidst conflicting decisions and signals by the new government bodies and the multiplicity of unsatisfied health needs.

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  • Pavel Vasilyev
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  1. 1.Van Leer Jerusalem InstituteJerusalemIsrael

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