A 2013 World Bank report found that 25 percent of Georgian cardiologists could not properly diagnose the symptoms of a heart attack. Less than half knew about the use of aspirin to thin blood and improve circulation.
According to Curatio International Foundation, a Georgian healthcare policy think-tank,
Georgia’s medical sector, including medical schools, is completely unregulated. In the last decade fifty private schools purporting to teach medicine popped up like “mushrooms” churning out 16,000 medical diplomas. Many of these graduates lacked a thorough grounding in medicine. The formerly widespread practice of paying bribes to obtain advanced educational degrees contributed to the problem.
“Primarily, [doctors] are lacking knowledge ... knowledge that was never delivered in medical school, knowledge attached to … practical skills” according to Dr. George Gotsadze