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Last update on October 25, 2021

During your time in Russia you may need to visit one of the many hospitals in Russia’s many 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 also find out the essential details about hospitals in Russia and Moscow here. This guide provides you with information on hospitals in Russia, as well as a list of medical centers in Moscow and other areas of Russia.

JSC Medicina

Looking for expat-friendly medical care in Moscow? Located in the heart of the Russian capital, JSC Medicina offers a wide-range of English-speaking treatment, including in- and out-patient care, pediatrics, dentistry, and rehabilitation. If you need medical care in Moscow, find the right treatment for you at JSC Medicina.

COVID-19 in Russia

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for everyone. Many expats find themselves separated from family and loved ones in their home countries. As a foreigner, it is also sometimes difficult to find critical information regarding coronavirus infection rates, local measures and restrictions, and now, thankfully, vaccinations.

  • For general coronavirus health information in Russia, consult our guide to the COVID-19 pandemic in Russia.
  • For official COVID-19 measures, rules, and vaccine schedule in Moscow, visit the official Moscow Mayor’s COVID-19 website.

Russian hospitals

Like many European countries, Russia has an insurance-based health system, with all residents to free public healthcare based on employment contributions. However, there are many areas of Russia 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. You can also see our guide to healthcare in Russia for more information.

There are two types of hospitals in Russia: state hospitals and private hospitals. However, 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 also 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’). You can also see our guide to having a baby in Russia for more information.

Hospitals in Moscow

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.

Private facilities in Moscow are widespread. Two popular options for foreign visitors as well as residents are the European Medical Center and the American Medical Center.

Most hospitals in Russia take in-patients and deal with emergencies. Some private facilities don’t provide extensive in-patient care so need to transfer in the event of a serious issue.

However, if 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. Read even more in our guide to learning Russian 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 center. 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.

See our guide to healthcare in Russia for more general information on the healthcare system and also our guide to health insurance in Russia for information on financial issues.

Best hospitals in Russia and Moscow

American medical center 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 in fact ranks number 250 in the world.

For general, specialized, and children’s hospitals in Moscow, you can search this directory on the Moscow Department of Health website for contact details.

Hospitals in Moscow

Hospitals in Saint Petersburg

Other hospitals in Russia

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 generally 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
  • if you need examination and treatment, service programs can vary between R10,000 and R50,000

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 vary depending on your health situation and what you want to be covered; in fact, insurance plans vary between companies. International health insurance companies which provide coverage plans for expats in Russia include:

See our guides to health insurance in Russia and on choosing a private health insurance plan for even more information.

Emergency situations

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.

See our guide to emergency phone numbers in Russia for even more information. For Moscow, there is also an emergency medical care contact list here and details of injury care centres in the city here.

Further information