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Russia Will Keep Free Medicine
Russia will not give up free medical care, President Elect Dmitry Medvedev stated at a meeting with journalists from the weekly Argumenty i fakty. Every country has its own model, Medvedev noted, adding “We have to develop our model, not at the expense of the quality of healthcare and without giving up free medical aid.”
The future president considers Russian medicine in worse condition than the educational system, saying that Russia has preserved the negative aspects of Soviet healthcare and added the worst signs of the market economy to them. “We have pure minuses from one and the other, and almost no pluses,” he elucidated.
Medvedev said that Russia needs a new model of healthcare. He noted that the national project made it possible to support individual parts of the healthcare system, providing new equipment and vehicles, for example. “That created somewhat better condition for providing medical aid,” he noted, “but there is huge work ahead here,