Russia's Mortality Crisis

Drinking, Disease, and Deteriorating Health Care

by Julie DaVanzo, Clifford A. Grammich

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This research brief describes work documented in Dire Demographics: Population Trends in the Russian Federation (MR-1273-WFHF/DLPF/RF).

Excerpt: Over the past decade, the Russian Federation has suffered increases in mortality unprecedented for an industrialized nation at peace. In Dire Demographics: Population Trends in the Russian Federation, authors Julie DaVanzo and Clifford Grammich examine the dimensions of this alarming trend, look at Russia's troubled health care system, and explore a range of policy options for reducing mortality rates. Addressing the causes of the mortality crisis, they contend, will require both short-term initiatives to counter a recent resurgence in infectious diseases and longer-term initiatives to improve the health behaviors of individuals and the capabilities and financial footing of the health care system.

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