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[Can the health care reform be expected to improve mortality rates?]

GYUKITS György

MAY 29, 1991

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1991;1(09-10)

[A few years ago, a study was carried out in the USA and the Czech Republic, the results of which contain a number of interesting elements for the Hungarian health situation (1). The researchers hypothesised that a healthy lifestyle is shaped by modern Western culture and is not influenced by the structure of the health and social security system. ]

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