OECD Reviews of Health Systems: Russian Federation 2012

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This review examines some of the possible reasons for poor population health in Russia and explores possible impediments to further improvements. In doing so it examines the current health system against the background of the reforms put in place in the 1990s and recent policy efforts to correct some of the most important difficulties. It also identifies some of the strengths and weaknesses of existing arrangements.



Recent health policy developments in the Russian Federation

This chapter provides a short critical overview of recent developments in Russian health policy and the progressive shift away from shorter run policies towards the resolution of deeper structural issues. This chapter regroups these measures into five broad categories: i) restoring the capacity of the health system to provide quality care; ii) reducing mortality through prevention; iii) enhancing access; iv) financial sustainability, and v) more systemic reforms. Thus, under each heading more than one programme can be at play. This discussion demonstrates that the health care debate is evolving rapidly to palliate some of the problems of existing arrangements.


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