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19/04/2005 The governors ask more freedom in the realization of the Commutation of Rations Act

The Prime-Minister Mikhail Fradkov claimed yesterday that the government needs objective information, concerning the realization of the Commutation of Rations Act.


Commenting on the present situation the chairman of Cabinet Ministers reported: We still need full and objective information about the actual state of affairs in the regions.


Fradkov emphasized that the government should take into account the amendments and suggestions made and given by the State Duma last week.


The government was advised to create the system of calculation of all privileged people; to determine the list of the veterans of the Great Patriotic War, toilers of the home front and the repressed; to improve the system of medication ensuring of the citizens.
The legislators advised the Cabinet Ministers to give their suggestions on pay rise of the federal employees during the period till 2008 and tender the documents to the State Duma up to May 1, 2005.


The governor of Saint-Petersburg Valentina Matvienko suggested resigning the commission on medical ensuring of the privileged people to the regions. Regions should be made responsible for it. The government should contract with each region and check the cash expenses, claimed the governor.


She suggested simplification of the process of giving prescriptions. According to her, physicians spend more time on this, which leads to the decrease of the quantity of patients served. These things cause withdrawal of the medical staff.
Ivan Artemiev


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18/04/2005 The heads of the medical universities of Russia are against of adopting the system bachelor - master

The head of Moscow Sechenov Medical University Mikhail Paltsev claimed that the heads of the medical universities of Russia are against adopting the system bachelor - master.


Both our and European medical associations believe that it unnecessary and even not useful to adopt the bi-level system, commented Paltsev.


Altogether the Bologna Process is naturally good for Russia, according to him. Higher education can not develop within a closed system, he emphasized.
Another problematic question is the new jurisdictional Ministry of Education and Science. According to him, attached to the Ministry of Health and Social development, the students of medical educational institutions had an opportunity to do their practical work in hospitals and out patients clinics. Now this question is unclear.


The joining the Bologna Process Russia gets easy access to the European labor market.


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17/04/2005 About the changes made in the list of medications

The changes to the list of free medications for privileged people were made taking into account the basic needs of citizens in the regions.


The present list consists of 457 medical preparations, which coincide with 2000 names (home made medications account 60%). The previous list numbered only 100 names in the majority of regions of the Russian Federation.


It should be mentioned that in comparison with the previous year the volume of financing assigned on free medical ensuring of the privileged was increased in 4-5 times.


Thanks to the new list of medications, the physicians have the opportunity to prescribe effective medical preparations, which allow gaining control over the most widespread illnesses.


The list includes now the high-performance medications in case of almost any disease.


In particular the list includes now: medications for cardiovascular illnesses (treatment and prophylaxis), for tumor illnesses, for AIDS. The list contains medications for illnesses such as sclerosis, hemophilia, etc.


With a view to inform the physicians about the medications included into the list, the Ministry of Health and Social Development has established the Reference-book of medications and the Clinical standards in diagnostics and medical treatment of illnesses.


It should be emphasized that the direct medical ensuring has principal advantages before commutation of rations in this case (350 rubles monthly is assigned per person, though in some cases treatment requires larger sums e.g. one course of chemical treatment costs 270 thousand rubles).


The perfection of the list with the regard for recommendations of home and international experts is presupposed henceforward.


The source of information: Pharmindex.ru


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15/04/2005 There have been registered 88 federal institutions of medical-social expertise

According to the data of RIA Novosti, by the end of March 2005 the registration of all federal medical-social expertise institutions had been completed.


There have been created 1726 bureaus in accordance with the registered regulations of the Federal State Institution The Central office of medical-social expertise.


In spite of the difficulties made by the reorganization of the system of the institution, the work has never been stopped. Starting with the year 2005 there have been examined 1 million 120 thousand 294 people, out of whom 807 thousand 479 people were recognized disabled.


It should be mentioned that the list of illnesses which can provide disability certificate will be cut.


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14/04/2005 The disillusionment of the Russian in the public health service system is constantly growing

The All-Russian public-opinion poll center introduced the data of the research, devoted to the problems of the public health service system reforming.

According to the data, 57% of the interviewee is not satisfied with the quality of the free medical service.


The negative evaluations are more common for people, who are turning for children medical aid (63%), in the lesser degree for the pensioners (52%). The less is the degree of the satisfactory elevation, the better is the interviewees living standards.


More than the half (59%) mentioned that they had turned for paid medical aid, 13% of the interviewees do this very often and 48% of pensioners and parents have never turned for paid medical aid.


65% of the interviewees believe that the public health service in Russia should be free and 26% are sure that both free and paid services should exist.


The results of the poll show the necessity of the further qualified improvement of the system.



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