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Russia: Putin meets Health Minister Skvortsova to discuss health care system01:31

Russia: Putin meets Health Minister Skvortsova to discuss health care system

Russian Federation, Sochi
August 31, 2015 at 18:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova in Sochi, Monday, to discuss the country's health care system.

During the meeting Skvortsova highlighted three main concerns facing the Russian health care system to the Russian president. "I can say what the three biggest concerns are: the first is the ability to access primary medical care in rural and remote areas, the second is receiving good quality free medical care in hospitals in the event of serious illness, and the third is access to an affordable and broad range of medicines," Skvortsova said.

The health minister also told Putin that, after acting on his instruction, the Health Ministry has been "actively informing the public about which services should be free and what is covered by the state guarantee system" and tightening up their system of checks.

President Putin launched reforms in 2011 to combat the country’s declining health service. The Federal State Statistics Service reported that between 2005 and 2013 residents in rural areas saw 75 percent of their health facilities disappear.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova in Sochi, Monday, to discuss the country's health care system.

During the meeting Skvortsova highlighted three main concerns facing the Russian health care system to the Russian president. "I can say what the three biggest concerns are: the first is the ability to access primary medical care in rural and remote areas, the second is receiving good quality free medical care in hospitals in the event of serious illness, and the third is access to an affordable and broad range of medicines," Skvortsova said.

The health minister also told Putin that, after acting on his instruction, the Health Ministry has been "actively informing the public about which services should be free and what is covered by the state guarantee system" and tightening up their system of checks.

President Putin launched reforms in 2011 to combat the country’s declining health service. The Federal State Statistics Service reported that between 2005 and 2013 residents in rural areas saw 75 percent of their health facilities disappear.

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