The Politics of Health Care in Russia: The Feminization of Medicine and Other Obstacles to Professionalism

  • Kate Schecter


In the current economic turmoil embroiling Russia, the health care system is in a particularly precarious position. Physicians have not been able to improve their financial or professional standing. This chapter will examine the underlying causes of the professional predicament that Russian physicians face. Numerous forces are holding physicians back from developing an autonomous political voice to advocate for their profession.1 The legacy of Soviet socialized medicine and the feminization of the medical field are important contributing factors. More recent impediments to professionalism such as lack of institutional capacity and economic resources to support reforms are also contributing to the problem.


Shadow Economy Russian Society Soviet Period Woman Physician Labor Source 
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