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Highlights of Minister Tatiana Gulikova’s speech to the Russian Ministry of Health about the positive results of Russia’s national “Health” modernization program

  • 2011 was the best year for Russian birth rates in the last 20 years:  1.8 million children born.  For the first time in many years there was a population growth (which now stands at 143 million) and the average lifespan has increased.  2011 was also the best year in the last 20 for reducing the death rate by 5.2% from 2010.  These improvements are due to the impact of the national “HEALTH” modernization program.

 

  • In the last few years deaths from cardiovascular disease have decreased by 6.2%, and from tuberculosis by 7.4%.  In 2011 15 more vascular centers and 37 primary vascular branches were re-equipped.  As well as 13 new pre-natal centers were opened.

 

  • In 2011 14 more regions entered the national “HEALTH” oncology program, focusing on early detection and combined tumor treatment.  Now there are a total of 33 regions participating.  In 2012 all remaining regions of Russia will participate in “HEALTH”.

 

  • For the first time, beginning in 2010, there has been a downward trend in cancer deaths (2.1% decrease - 3,000 lives saved).  With HEALTH there has been a 3.8% increase in early stage identification in patients.  By 2015 these oncology programs are estimated to save more than 300,000 lives.

 

  • There is substantial financial support from the government.  The federal health budget has doubled in the last 4 years from 7 – 14 billion USD.  GDP share of healthcare spending has gone from 3.1 to 3.7%.  Financial support for basic statutory health insurance has increased by 10% since 2010.  

 

  • In 2011 hi-tech medical care has increased by 20% with more hospitals and labs being equipped with the latest modern technology.  We expect this number to grow in the following years.

 

  • The salaries of doctors working under these modernization programs of public health have grown by 16.5%, and the salaries of standard medical personnel have grown by 14.8%. Now the average monthly salary of these doctors as a whole across Russia is 20% higher than the national average.

 

  • The total expenses put into Russia’s healthcare modernization from all sources (not only government funding) has been 21 billion USD.  In 2011 it was 10 billion USD and in 2012 11 billion USD has been confirmed.

 

  • More than 6 billion USD was spent in 2011 for modernizing Russia’s health facilities alone.  Quite good results have been reached:  more than 4 1/2 million square meters of medical facilities have been repaired, and 90,000 units of new medical equipment have been purchased.  More than 152,000 doctors/experts working in out-patient units, and more than 241,000 standard medical workers in 2011 received additional payments.  New, modern standards of medical aid were introduced in 3,000 public health establishments.
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