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Russian mortality

Postby linguoboy » 2014-09-05, 15:31

I thought this was a fascinating read. Why are so many Russians dying young? As with many such things, there's no clear answer.

http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2014/sep/02/dying-russians/
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Re: Russian mortality

Postby lazyaficionado » 2014-09-05, 20:09

Thank you for sharing the article! I like its rather poetical sad ending.

The huge problem is healthcare system. Healthcare spending is only 3% of Russian GDP, and quality of state-funded medicine is very low, especially outside big cities or oil regions. I think and hope improvements are being made though.

Despite that, some month ago Russia showed a positive natural growth: http://www.forbes.com/sites/markadomani ... iet-union/

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Re: Russian mortality

Postby Ludwig Whitby » 2014-09-06, 7:29

Do you have any statistics? Because I found on Wiki that the Russian mortality rate (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_so ... ality_rate) is not that high for Eastern Europe and that the Russian life expectancy is pretty much the same as the one of Ukraine and Belarus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_co ... expectancy), which doesn't fly with what Masha wrote.

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Re: Russian mortality

Postby Lada » 2014-09-07, 16:21

linguoboy wrote:I thought this was a fascinating read. Why are so many Russians dying young? As with many such things, there's no clear answer.

http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2014/sep/02/dying-russians/

8 things Masha Gessen got wrong about Russian demography

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Re: Russian mortality

Postby Ludwig Whitby » 2014-09-07, 17:04

Lada wrote:
linguoboy wrote:I thought this was a fascinating read. Why are so many Russians dying young? As with many such things, there's no clear answer.

http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2014/sep/02/dying-russians/

8 things Masha Gessen got wrong about Russian demography

Thought as much. Thanks.

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Re: Russian mortality

Postby mōdgethanc » 2014-09-07, 18:18

Huh. And I always assumed the lower life expectancy in Russian men was caused mainly by alcoholism.


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