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Russia to launch health-care overhaul, PM says

09-14-2010 08:05 BJT

MOSCOW, Sept 13 (Xinhua) -- Russia will modernize the country's clinics and adopt a new law that meets international standards for medications, said Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday.

Addressing the 60th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) being held here in Moscow, Putin said the government will also amend the medical insurance law so that Russians can select doctors, clinics and insurance companies for their own choices.

He said Russia will tighten harm reduction programs according to the WHO anti-tobacco convention after having recently taken steps to reduce alcohol consumption and adopted an anti-tobacco policy.

Putin said infant mortality in Russia has been on a quick decline while life expectancy has increased from 66 in 2005 to 69 years. Birth rate grew as well, he said.

The prime minister said Russia will allocate five million U.S. dollars as an assistance in health-care for its neighboring countries in 2011-2012.

Between 2006 and 2009, Russia has already invested 28 million dollars to that end and provided another 250 million dollars for anti-HIV programs, according to him.

Putin said Russia's total contribution to international health programs in 2006-2011 will exceed 430 million dollars.

In 2011, Russia will host the first international conference promoting the wellness and fitness values, he added.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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