Health Care Is Dying a Slow Death

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from The Gray Area:

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Changes to the national health care system have proceeded according to an obscure logic and led to very mixed results for medical personnel — and sometimes to lethal results for patients.

The authorities wanted to optimize and modernize the system by boosting the quality of medical care and making it more accessible. Instead, medical care has become inaccessible for a large part of the population, especially in rural areas: doctors labor under increased workloads, thereby compromising patient care; mortality in hospitals has increased; general morbidity is on the rise; and doctors are inundated with paperwork.

According to …Statistics …, from 2005 to 2013 the number of health facilities in rural areas fell by 75 percent, from 8,249 to 2,085. That number includes a 95 percent drop in the number of district hospitals, from 2,631 to only 124, and a 65 percent decline in the number of local health clinics, from 7,404 to 2,561.

According to an Audit Chamber official, 17,500 towns and villages now have no medical infrastructure whatsoever. Regional administrations originally planned to slash the number of rural health facilities and then convert them into offices staffed with general practitioners. They have already taken the first step, but even in many cities the second stage of the plan remains unfulfilled.

In place of small clinics and hospitals with ancient medical equipment, residents … were supposed to have gained access to treatment in hospitals with modern facilities. Instead, they were simply cut off from medical services entirely.

If this sounds like the future of healthcare in a full-bore Obamacare America, you could be right. But, its not yet.

What it is, is a current statement of healthcare in Russia. Or, as Bloomberg Businessweek recently put it, Healthcare Goes From Free to Feeble in Russia. The only thing i removed from the quote are references to Russia, its towns, provinces and officials. Other that that, it could clearly be the future of free healthcare as promoted by the radical left in the United States.

Read the artcile below about Russian healthcare system.

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