Russian Healthcare

Russian HealthcareIntroduction

 Russian culture has different healthcare options, quality of the care they receive, and beliefs of their people. Russia has a split system with a mix of private medical care and a state system. Healthcare is free and is available to all citizens, and registered residents in Russia. The quality of public healthcare is low, hospitals are understaffed, and being poorly equipped. The People of Russia have a variety of cultural norms about their healthcare decisions, alternative medicines, and end-of-life care.
The medical services are provided to Russian citizens at the expense of the state and local budgets. The state covers all Russians under a standardized medical insurance package, but citizens can buy extra insurance and be treated privately. There are four types of clinics that the Russian people can go to that each have their own health service. The first kind are Rural Health Posts that offer basic health checks, routine exams, and immunizations. Next, are Health Centers that can perform minor surgeries, and offer certain primary care services. At these Health Centers they have a pediatrician, therapist, gynecologist along with a team of nurses. Urban Polyclinics have general practices and treatment for chronic illnesses. Depending on size they may have specialists in cardio, oncology, and obstetrics. Special Focus Polyclinics are where pediatricians and specialist ambulatory pediatric care treat children up to the age of 19 (Leak, A., Ivanov, L., & brown, H., 2006). Low salaries have made bribing common among medical personnel, who accept them for materials and services. This puts many types of medical treatment beyond the reach of all but the wealthy. The Elderly people are effected most by this situation, which is sad. The country’s hospitals are insufficient in hospital equipment, technology, and pharmaceuticals. Wheelchairs and artificial limbs are in very…