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Uzbeks Say Yes to Socialized Medicine

Most countries in Central Asia have messed up health systems, but in typically competitive fashion, Uzbekistan refuses to be outdone.

Undeterred by a slew of health care scandals over the past year, Uzbekistan is forging ahead with a law banning private practices from carrying out medical activities.

On Friday, the Uzbek Senate approved changes to health legislation in response to what the authorities have described as the "serious shortcomings" of private medical practitioners. Critics see the move as little more than an attempt by the government to consolidate their already overwhelming control over society, however.

Sure enough, recent months have thrown up some disturbing cases of medical incompetence, but has the private sector really been to blame? Here is a quick reminder of the highlights:

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Uzbeks Say Yes to Socialized Medicine

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