Soviet medicine was the best in the world.
In Soviet times, every citizen of a huge country was served in medical institutions absolutely free of charge. There were no such familiar and necessary now, medical poles. A citizen of the USSR could be sure that medical assistance would be provided to him in any locality of the country, wherever he turned for help. To do this, it was only necessary to present a Soviet passport, and the children had to have a birth certificate. For the sake of objectivity, we must admit that there were paid medical institutions in the USSR, but there were very few of them and only doctors with very high qualifications worked there, many of whom had academic degrees.
Doctors of the Soviet Union had the best education. Back in 1922, 16 faculties of medical orientation were opened in the young Soviet state, and the entire teaching staff was completely updated, and the training of medical workers was significantly expanded. And in the late 1960s, the duration of training in a medical educational institution was already 7 years. At that time, there was a serious medical reform, the main purpose of which was to strengthen the practical training of students.
The medical system of the Soviet Union, first of all, was aimed precisely at preventive activities. Vaccination took place regularly, and healthcare paid increased attention to the protection of motherhood and childhood. As a result, many dangerous viral diseases were prevented, and predisposition to certain diseases was detected at the initial stage. In the USSR, the network of medical institutions included not only polyclinics and hospitals, but also dispensaries, sanatoriums and research institutes.
Regularly, medical workers came to factories, kindergartens, schools, where they carried out occupational examinations and vaccinated. Everyone was vaccinated and there were no exceptions. In most cases, when applying for a job, it was necessary to provide a certificate that the required vaccinations were made. It was impossible to get a job without such a certificate. Now vaccination is voluntary and anyone can refuse it. This is often done by young mothers who are afraid to harm their child.