Georgia has embraced privatization as the cure for all its healthcare ills. But in the rush to reform in recent years, one critical detail largely has been overlooked – ensuring that Georgian doctors actually are qualified to practice medicine.
With an overall population of about 4.6 million, Georgia, on paper, has far more doctors per capita than elsewhere in the former Soviet Union – 410 per 100,000 people compared with 380 per 100,000 on average for other ex-Soviet republics, according to Curatio International Foundation, a Georgian healthcare policy think-tank. But the numbers are deceptive, according to several healthcare experts.
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Molly Corso is a freelance journalist who also works as editor of Investor.ge, a monthly publication by the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia.