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November 12, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(20):1705-1706. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740720059025

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Transportation of Patients to Rural Hospitals  Care of the sick is an important problem in rural Czechoslovakia. The tendency is to build large hospitals with specialized services rather than to scatter hospital beds among small institutions all over the country. The access of patients to hospitals is a problem which has two factors: the investment for an ambulance and its maintenance. The Red Cross has approached a solution of this problem. Through its initiative, the ministry of national defense placed at the disposal of the Red Cross 159 motor military ambulances on condition that the cars should be operated to transport the sick to the hospitals. This arrangement proved to be beneficial. The cars are kept in good order without any expense to the army. According to the report for 1931, recently published, about 75,000 trips to hospitals by local branches of the Red Cross were made. Although a good

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