…..Regarding health care….As non-citizens you would need insurance or just pay out of pocket. There is no waiting for appointments and there are many intermediate facilities called Polyclinics where most services that are needed for anything except acute care or operations, or hospitalization. That really cuts down on the cost of providing routine care, everything in one building including lab tests.Cost of services for non-residents is considered expensive by Russians who always assumed it should be free. But to foreigners, the usual response is “Is this ALL?”…….Overall, it was one of my best experiences here, My new hip healed quickly and I had a birthday party in a dance club on my 3rd day out of the hospital with me dancing with crutches. 27 days later I put the crutches away and never used them again. The party was attended by 2 of the nurses and the MD, plus a bunch of my young friends here.Great experience, great results, no pain post-op, no physical therapy other than just going about my daily life like grocery shopping on crutches, walking to my office for 1/2 day, cooking, laundry….that was my physical therapy.Total price, including the same Swiss made joint as the doctor in California recommended. The hospital back home quoted $12,000 for the joint alone. But here, my entire cost for medical care, hospital, joint and medications: $5,700!
Source: Healthcare in Russia