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Almost a third of the health budget is spent inefficiently Russia: the country ahead of India and China’s spending on health care, but lags behind them in terms of effectiveness of those expenditures. To such conclusion experts of the Boston Consulting group, reports “Kommersant”.
The researchers noted that spending is focused on maintenance of hospitals, whereas early detection of disease, diagnosis, rehabilitation and palliative care remain underdeveloped. In addition, doctors have a large workload: 41% of employees work more than 60 hours a week and 50 percent complain about the increase of workload not related to treatment. In the end, half of the patients complains about the queues, every fourth — the lack of medicines and equipment and a third — the need to pay for formally free services.
As a result, the number of TB patients Russia is second only to India, while life expectancy in China is higher at 6-10 years. The experts also noted that health spending in Russia is lower than in developed countries: 3.5 percent of GDP compared to 7.2 percent of GDP in the EU.
In March of this year, President Vladimir Putin acknowledged the ineffectiveness of health care in Russia. In the message to Federal meeting the head of state spoke about the need to raise standards and have noticed the indifference of the government to the health of Russians, who were left without medical care in the towns and villages.
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