In Putin’s Russia, Universal Health Care Is for All Who Pay

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Russian medical personnel and patients march in Moscow protesting against healthcare system reforms in this Nov. 30, 2014 file photo.

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Expectant mothers in Moscow must wait as long as six weeks for ultra-sound scans, up from three days last year. Hospital outpatients pay for blood tests and X-rays that were free 12 months ago. And Marif Alekberov, a 27-year-old fireman with leukemia, is being told to find $23,000 to help fund a bone marrow transplant.

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