Trends in health systems in the former Soviet countries

This new study explores how health systems have evolved in twelve former Soviet countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan) since the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991. While health inequalities persisted or even widened, health policy makers in the region have generally been slow in moving towards a more modern and integrated public health approach and implementing necessary reforms in health care to improve its accessibility, quality and effectiveness.