The Ministry of Health began discussions about its proposed new health program last week.
The proposed program includes 13 sub-programs that correspond to the major concerns of Russian health care, including improvements in high-tech and specialized medicine, preventative medicine and developing primary health care, inventing new methods of treatment and diagnosis, rehab and spa treatments, maternal and child departments, personalized medicine, and improving ambulance services. In addition, the program includes the development of a palliative care program.
Details of the program were posted on the ministry's website. Following the discussions, the government must approve the health program before it can go into effect.
If approved, it will remain in effect until 2020.
Current infant death rates in Russia stand at 8.2 out of every 1,000 live births. Health care experts estimate that the proposed health care changes will reduce that figure to 6.4 for every 1,000 live births.
The new program also proposes maintaining the current number of physicians at 41 for every 10,000 people. The number of nurses will increase from 2.2 to 3 for every 10,000 individuals in the population.
The proposed new program also accounts for budget calculations. The expenditures will gradually increase annually, accumulating to more than $5 billion by 2020.