Russian health care policy turns on a number of significant tensions between three vectors – all evolving at different speeds: first, the extent and nature of substantive state health care guarantees for Russian citizens; second, the extent or size of state versus non-state funding of health care; and, third, organisational challenges in the national health care system, including due to the advent of new health care technologies. Russia’s ability to negotiate these tensions will determine the future health of the country’s population.
Smoking regulation constitutes a challenging issue for both developed and developing countries that aim to improve their state of public health and constituent wellbeing. Anti-smoking information and communication campaigns accompanying regulation acts can either enhance or sabotage national policy initiatives. This is especially salient in countries like Russia, where smoking is one of the top public health threats and causes of population decline.1 As such, critical analysis of the message effectiveness of Russia’s anti-smoking campaign is warranted. This study employs frame analysis to examine the anti-smoking messages embedded in the sections of Federal Law No. 15 that regulate the information and communication campaigns. The study’s results illustrate that in addition to the lack of a comprehensive, effective public relations campaign promoting smoking cessation, the rhetoric guiding the enforcement of the anti-smoking legislation enforcement is doomed to yield desired results. This study suggests recommendations for reframing existing messages to enable a more comprehensive and effective Russian anti-smoking.
The chapter provides a review of contemporary life style policies in Russia highlighting main issues and suggesting some improvements in governmental interventions.
The article tries to assess the role of health statistics of the people in the state-run Health Service in modern Russia. The article analyses the problems connected with collecting statistics and concludes that medical statistics does not reflect the real situation in the Health Service and the health state of the nation. Taking this into account, the author suggests considering statistics as a means in the struggle for the distribution of resources and as a form to prove that the decisions taken on resources distribution are correct.