Healthcare Stalin

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  • Health
    • Pre-Stalin
      • In 1918, Lenin had set up People's Commissariat of Health.
        • This provided free healthcare.
      • The Civil War interrupted healthcare.
    • Stalin
      • In unaffected areas there was an advance in healthcare.
        • This was used in propaganda.
        • Sanatoria for the treatment of tuberculosis, and rest and retirement homes for the workers were created.
        • Holiday centres in Yalta where selected workers could go.
      • The Nomenklatura privileged the most from healthcare.
      • The idea of health for all was not abandoned during the 1930s, it was just hard to maintain.
      • Gynaecology and midwifery clinics improved as Stalin saw that a primary role of women was to produce babies.
      • Rationing continued until 1947.
        • Poor diets led to people relying on the black market.
      • The Gulags made people extremely unhealthy and exhausted.
  • 1930s collectivisation famine.
    • The worst hit areas were Ukraine and Kazakhstan
      • The healthcare services in these areas could not cope.
    • Stalin
      • In unaffected areas there was an advance in healthcare.
        • This was used in propaganda.
        • Sanatoria for the treatment of tuberculosis, and rest and retirement homes for the workers were created.
        • Holiday centres in Yalta where selected workers could go.
      • The Nomenklatura privileged the most from healthcare.
      • The idea of health for all was not abandoned during the 1930s, it was just hard to maintain.
      • Gynaecology and midwifery clinics improved as Stalin saw that a primary role of women was to produce babies.
      • Rationing continued until 1947.
        • Poor diets led to people relying on the black market.
      • The Gulags made people extremely unhealthy and exhausted.
    • Stalin refused to acknowledge that there was a famine.
      • No real effort was made.
  • Factories and plants were encouraged to build creches.
    • Breast feeding took place at certain times to prevent any impact on production.

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