Medicine has changed, but so has the people’s perception of their own health. I can speak to the data we have on the Russian population. Sociological studies have shown [that] people’s attitudes towards their own health have changed in terms of analyzing just how they feel. People have begun to perceive their own health in a more positive light. More than 40% of people have started to view the condition of their health as a challenge to their own plans for work, sport, and recreation. Attempts to self-medicate have decreased significantly, and we can see [that] the level of trust shown in the healthcare system has increased — Mikhail Murashko, Minister of Health of the Russian Federation.
It is clear that life expectancy has been on the rise all across the globe, and in Russia too. It is a national goal of ours. Russia, like other countries, has experienced great success for a number of reasons. These include clean water, antibiotics, improvements to people’s socio-economic conditions, and modern medical achievements. All of these have contributed to an increase in life expectancy. And that’s wonderful — Olga Kobyakova, Director, Federal Research Institute for Health Organization and Informatics of Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation.
Diseases of the circulatory system are one area of focus that could add at least three years to our life expectancy in the near future. We need to focus; we need targeted interventions to identify patients. Everyone in the whole world, including us, is thinking about where to invest. Investment needs to go where the impact on high-risk groups will allow us to achieve quick results in a short period of time — Evgeny Shlyakhto, Director General, Almazov National Medical Research Centre; President, All-Russian Non-Governmental Organization "Russian Society of Cardiology".