Sergei Sobyanin: Moscow healthcare must be among the best in the world

Sergei Sobyanin: Moscow healthcare must be among the best in the world
Photo: Photo by the Mayor and Moscow Government Press Service. Yevgeny Samarin
About 30 polyclinics are scheduled to be built in the next five years, in addition to upgrading hospitals that will receive advanced equipment. Easy logistics for patients and doctors will be provided as well.

The development and modernisation of the Moscow healthcare system will become the Moscow Government’s main focus, Sergei Sobyanin said at the opening of the 17th Health of Moscow assembly. The participants in the medical research and practical forum held on 5 and 6 December will review healthcare development in 2018 and discuss priorities for next year.

“Moscow healthcare indicators are impressive. Accessibility to polyclinic doctors has increased, and waiting times have decreased by 8–10 times. The volume of high-tech aid has also grown significantly. It is also very important that, thanks to structural reorganisation and changes in the funding system, among other things, doctors’ salaries have grown, too,” the Moscow Mayor said.

Sergei Sobyanin toured the exhibition of new medical technological innovations and equipment now being used at city hospitals.

“The technologies you showed several years ago as the technologies of the future, our medical centres and polyclinics use today in their routine work; and this important. It is important that what we discuss and plan is implemented and can be accessed by all Muscovites,” Sergei Sobyanin said.

Life expectancy in Moscow has increased by four years to almost 78 years over the last four years.

“This is the record high dynamic in the world. Today, Moscow is a leading city in the world in terms of medicine. And I believe that the city’s healthcare system must be among the best in the world. I think we can do it,” the Mayor noted.

In the next five years, polyclinics will be ungraded, receive advanced equipment and have improved logistics for patients and doctors.

“In recent years, we have carried out a large-scale modernisation programme in healthcare. Nevertheless, we have to address an important and serious task: We will need to further upgrade medical institution facilities, that is, to implement the systematic modernisation of our polyclinics, carry out minor and major repairs and supply new equipment,” Sergei Sobyanin said.

The Mayor added that healthcare would be a city priority.


“We must focus on the construction of new polyclinics; over 30 are scheduled for the near future. We must also focus on upgrading inpatient facilities and building new hospital wings. So far, we have scheduled a number of new admission offices for diagnostic wings,” the mayor noted.

Healthcare indicators in Moscow are improving every year.

“This year over half the public rates healthcare institutions positively. And this is probably the most important indicator when evaluating the Moscow healthcare system,” Sergei Sobyanin added.

The Mayor also handed out awards to the medical organisations and doctors that won the Formula of Life Moscow festival.

“When I report on the work we have done in recent years in front of the public, I largely rely on the information about your successes and your work. And today I would like to thank you because the public’s impression of my work depends a lot on your work,” Sergei Sobyanin said.

The 17th Health of Moscow assembly is a highly anticipated event for the Moscow medical community and their colleagues from other Russian regions. Over 3,000 specialists in various areas of medicine are in attendance. The number of registered participants has grown more than 2.5 times from last year.

For the first time, the assembly will include a young doctors’competition of scientific and practical works. Winners will be able to intern at leading foreign clinics. In addition, they will be able to complete some of the voluntary evaluative procedures to receive Moscow Doctor status.

Forum attendees will also be able to check their health. There will be two mobile medical units from the Moscow Healthcare Department in front of the Expocentre (14 Krasnopresnenskaya Embankment) between 10 am and 6 pm – diagnostic and dental.

Patients will be able to see a general practitioner, have an ECG or an ultrasonic study and consult an ophthalmologist. A dentist will see patients in the dental mobile unit.