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The Federation Council discussed the organization of health systems in the northern territories

The Federation Council held a working meeting on the organization of health care systems in the northern territories with the participation of members of the Federation Council's profile Committee, representatives of the Ministry of Health of Russia, the Federal Mandatory Medical Insurance Fund, as well as the Legislative Assembly of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). According to the press service of the Federation Council, the meeting was chaired by the Federation Council Committee on Social Policy Valery Ryazansky.

As Valery Ryazansky emphasized, the problem of organizing medical care in the so-called “non-standard territories” is most acute today. First of all, this is the great remoteness of settlements from regional centers, including from medical institutions. “To get to a hospital or clinic, a person has to travel hundreds of kilometers. In some northern regions it is often impossible to do this by land transport, and aviation is an expensive form of transport. "

According to the parliamentarian, residents of remote regions are more likely than others to run the risk of not getting qualified medical care on time if they fall ill. “In this case, there are two ways: either remote regions will gradually become empty for natural reasons - the old people will die, and the youth will leave to live in the city, or civilization will come there and start building hospitals, schools, kindergartens,” said Valery Ryazansky.

The participants in the meeting drew attention to the fact that these territories often cannot live according to the legislation common to all constituent entities of the Russian Federation. For example, in the remote and inaccessible regions of Yakutia, the population density is very low: in fourteen out of thirty-five regions of the republic, from three thousand to nine thousand people live. There are hundreds of kilometers between settlements, and according to Russian legislation, primary health care is provided only on an outpatient basis and in day hospitals. The law does not provide for the maintenance of three to five beds in a round-the-clock hospital.

During the meeting, it was noted that the authorities of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) found an opportunity to annually allocate about three billion rubles from the regional budget for the maintenance of beds in small hospitals. Based on the results of the working meeting, it was decided that, based on the example of Yakutia, the Ministry of Health of Russia and the Mandatory Medical Insurance Fund will conduct a detailed audit of the model for organizing all types of medical care in “non-standard territories”, taking into account their specifics.

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