Slovak president's fight for life raises health care fearsBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7253.72/h (Published 08 July 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:72
- Katka Krosnar
The standard of health care provided to the president of Slovakia, Rudolf Schuster, has raised questions about the critical state of the country's health system.
Mr Schuster, 66, developed complications after undergoing an operation for a perforated colon. Five days after the initial surgery, surgeons operated again when an infection set in, but Mr Schuster's condition was aggravated by double pneumonia and then the failure of his lungs and other organs.
It was decided to transfer him to a specialist intensive care clinic in Innsbruck in neighbouring …