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Russia’s State Council to discuss quality, accessibility of medical services

July 30, 2013, 3:43 UTC+3

Russia has a state program, the main objective of which is to increase the average life-span in this country to 74 years old

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Photo ITAR-TASS/Sergey Karpov

Photo ITAR-TASS/Sergey Karpov

MOSCOW, July 30 (Itar-Tass) - President Vladimir Putin is due to chair a meeting of Russia’s supreme consultative and advisory agency, the State Council that will take up a problem causing concern to residents and officials in many regions of Russia - the quality and accessibility of medical services, the Kremlin press service said.

According to the initial agenda of the meeting, the main report will be made by the governor of the Astrakhan region, Alexander Zhilkin who chairs an appropriate workgroup of the State Council. It has been drafted with the assistance from government officials, mandatory medical assurance funds, public organizations, and medical community experts.

“The session of the State Council’s Presidium will take up the pressing problems of the healthcare system, particularly in the field of financial backup for the state guarantees of free medical aid and provision of the necessary medical personnel,” a Kremlin source said.

Federal ministers of healthcare and economic development, as well as the governors of the Amur region and the Khanty-Mansi autonomous area.

Russia has a state program titled ‘Development of Healthcare through to 2020,” the main objective of which is to increase the average life-span in this country to 74 years old, to boost the nation’s health on the whole and to slash the mortality from all illnesses by more than 15%.

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