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The health care expenditures in capital will increase by almost 5 billion rubles in 2012

Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin has signed a decree to increase the funding of individual sections of the government program “Capital health care” for the years 2012-2016. According to the press service of the Moscow mayor's office, 4.98 billion rubles will be allocated from the budget and will be spent on additional support of sub-programs “Creating effective medical care system”, “Specialized care”, “Motherhood and Childhood”, “Medical support of disabled people” and “Healthy Life Style”. In addition, a portion of these funds will be directed to the implementation of government programs “Information City” and “Social support for families with children”.

Initially, the total amount of funding for the five-year program “Capital health care” would be about 1.2 billion rubles. Of these, it was planned to allocate 226.5 million rubles for the development of specialized medical care in the capital until 2016, 103 million rubles for support of mothers and children and 38 million rubles for medical support of disabled persons.

Officials expect that investing in the health of Muscovites will be repaid well before the expiration date of the program. After 5 years the average life expectancy of Moscow residents is expected to grow from 74.7 to 76.5 years and the availability of expensive high-tech medical care shall reach 95%. In addition, the government of the capital undertakes to use these funds to provide 100% of all disabled persons with preferential drugs, and children with disabilities with therapeutic nutrition.

Currently, the main causes of Muscovites’ deaths are circulatory diseases (59.1%), malignant neoplasms (19.0%), injuries and accidents (5.6%). At the same cancer rates are increasing year by year. The main group of patients with initial diagnosis of cancer are consisted of Muscovites older than 50 (89%) of them aged 50-69 years - 44.2%, older than 70 - 44.8%. Cancer is also one of the leading causes of disability – 19.1%. The increase of expenditures for specialized medical care is expected to reduce cancer mortality from 208 to 185 per 100,000 persons and the level of one-year mortality down to 23.1% until 2016. In addition, the five-year survival of cancer patients is expected to reach 54.1%.

The sub-program has provisions for establishment of cancer clinics and offices for rehabilitation of women who had undergone surgical treatment for breast cancer in every administrative district of Moscow. In addition, at district oncological dispensaries (cancer centers) the day patient facilities will appear for chemotherapy procedures and rehabilitation of patients. Governors stake on the development of a network of palliative treatment for cancer patients. In the five year perspective Moscow Scientific and Practical Centre of Oncology and Moscow Proton Therapy Center will have to appear in Moscow.