Health care system in Azerbaijan
In Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Health is responsible for the healthcare system.
The majority of medical facilities, which include public hospitals as well as paediatric and adult polyclinics, are state-owned and services are free of charge. Polyclinics offer outpatient services only, while hospitals and specialised clinics offer both outpatient and inpatient services. Private medical establishments are growing very rapidly; while they are licensed by the Ministry of Health, they are otherwise independent.
In rural areas, primary healthcare is usually provided by the village doctor (feldsher). However, professional primary and secondary care is available throughout Azerbaijan at private clinics and hospitals, which have modern equipment.
Some medical treatments, for example oncology, can be obtained at state hospitals only. Reproductive health and maternity services are offered at women's consultation centres.