During your time in Russia you may need to visit one of the hospitals in Moscow, or another of the Russian cities. Learn more about the care and treatment options open to you including at the European and American medical centers.
Healthcare in Russia is likely to work differently to where you come from. There are many hospitals in Russia, both general and specialist, with over 100 hospitals in Moscow alone. If you are a foreigner living in or visiting Russia, you can find out the essential details about hospitals in Russia and Moscow here. This guide provides you with information on hospitals in Russia, including a list of medical centres in Moscow and other areas of Russia.
Like many European countries, Russia has an insurance-based health system, with all residents to free public healthcare based on employment contributions. However, in practice there are many areas of Russia – particularly rural areas – where the majority of residents are not covered by public health insurance. The quality of healthcare provision, including hospital care, is much higher in cities such as Moscow. See our guide to healthcare in Russia for more information.
There are two types of hospital in Russia – state hospitals and private hospitals. The state hospitals are often underfunded, have basic facilities and it can be difficult to find English-speaking staff. Waiting lists are long and food provision can be poor. Private hospitals are more expensive but are often preferred by foreigners due to availability of English-speaking hospitals in Russia and standard of care.
There are also a number of maternity hospitals in Russia (called ‘roddom’). See our guide to having a baby in Russia for more information.
In Moscow, the public health facilities are of a better standard than elsewhere in the country. There are general hospitals in Moscow as well as specialist ones (children’s, mental health, gynaecological, etc.).
Most hospitals in Russia take in-patients and deal with emergencies. Some of the private facilities don’t provide extensive in-patient care so need to transfer to a different hospital in the event of a more serious medical issue.
If you are in a position where you need to visit a state hospital or a private hospital where you are not sure English is spoken, it is useful to know a few basic Russian words and phrases. See our guide to Russian medical terms for more information.
Visiting hospitals in Russia: what you need
If you are a foreign resident living or working in Russia, you will need to have either public insurance through employment in Russia, or private insurance if you want to be treated in a private Russian hospital or medical centre. Russian hospitals will treat patients without insurance in event of an emergency, but you will be billed for any treatment post-emergency. You will need to present evidence of insurance – either public or private – to receive other treatment as either an in-patient or an out-patient.
In most cases, unless your insurer has an agreement with the hospital providing treatment, you will need to pay for treatment upfront yourself and then seek reimbursement from the insurance company. Make sure that you get a receipt or invoice for any treatment for this purpose.
Except for emergency procedures, you need to be referred by a doctor for Russian hospital treatment. Once you are admitted, your treatment will be controlled by one of the hospital doctors.
Best hospitals in Russia and Moscow
You can check the world hospital ranking list of best hospitals in Russia. This list includes both general and specialist hospitals in Russia. The current highest ranking hospital in Russia is Moscow Children’s Hospital, which is ranked number 250 in the world.
For general, specialised and children’s hospitals in Moscow, you can search this directory on the Moscow Department of Health website for contact details.
- Russian Children’s Hospital
- Bakoulev Center for Cardiovascular Surgery
- Center of Neorology
- On Clinic International Medical Center
- Russian Cardiology Scientific and Clinical Complex
- Family Doctor Clinic
- Medical Center Capital
- American Medical Center
- Evromedprestizh Clinic and Medical Center
- University Central Hospital
- European Medical Center
- Oao Medicine
- Scope Clinic
- Clinic Be Zdorov
- NMS Medical Center
- Echinacea Clinic
- Clinic Family Doctor
- Russian Children’s Clinical Hospital
- Tselt Clinic and Hospital
- Clinic Primamedica
- Altra Vita
- Cyber Clinic Moscow Institute of Medicine
- Burdenko General Military Clinical Hospital
- City Clinical Hospital No. 50
- European Center for Psychotherapy
- International Hospital Medical Center
- JSC Medicina
- Alliance Medicale
Hospitals in Saint Petersburg
- St Petersburg Medical Center
- Medem International Clinic & Hospital
- Clinical Hospital nr 122 L G Sokolova
- Ava Peter Clinic
- Medical On Group
- 21st Century Medical Center
- Research Institute of Cardiology, Tomsk
- District Hospital, Khanty-Mansi
- Nizhny Novgorod Hospital, Nizhny Novgorod
- Avicenna Medical Center, Novosibirsk
- Tyumen Cardiology Center, Tomsk
- Ekaterinburgsk Medical Center
- Republican Hospital, Karelia
- Republican Hospital, Komi
Hospital costs in Russia
If you visit a hospital in Russia through public-funded healthcare, there is no charge although you will need to provide proof of insurance to avoid being charged admission fees.
If you are admitted to a Russian private hospital or medical centre or are covered by private health insurance, you will normally have to pay the costs upfront and get reimbursed by your insurers. Costs on the private market will vary, but average costs in Moscow are as follows:
- private consultation R2000-3000 (£28-42)
- if you need examination and treatment, service programmes can vary between R10,000 and R50,000 (£140 – £700).
Private health insurance to cover hospital costs in Russia
If you want to go private rather than use state healthcare, you can choose private health insurance to offset the costs. Costs will vary depending on your health situation and what you want to be covered and insurance plans will vary between companies. International health insurance companies which provide coverage plans for expats in Russia include:
Emergency care is provided in emergency departments and emergency rooms of Russian hospitals which are open 24 hours a day all year round.
The national emergency number in Russia is 112, which will connect you with an operator (Russian-speaking) who can provide you with services for police, fire, ambulance, gas emergency and anti-terror. You can dial 103 for direct connection to ambulance for medical emergencies, although there are plans to phase the individual service numbers out eventually now that there is the 112 main service number. There is also a paid ambulance service in Moscow which can be reached on (495) 777 4803. Price list available here.