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Russia – Doctors

Russia has a well-developed healthcare system with a mix of public and private healthcare providers. In this article, we’ll answer some common questions about finding and registering with a local doctor in Russia, paying for doctor’s appointments, and transferring medical documents from abroad.

Finding and Registering with a Local Doctor

In Russia, there are several ways to find and register with a local doctor.

Online Directories

One way to find a doctor is through online directories such as Zdravcity, Doctor Ryadom, and DocDoc. These directories allow you to search for doctors by specialty, location, and rating. You can also read reviews from other patients to help you choose the right doctor for your needs.

Personal Recommendations

Personal recommendations are also a common way to find a doctor in Russia. Ask friends, family members, and colleagues if they can recommend a doctor they trust.

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State Medical Institutions

Another way to find a doctor is through state medical institutions such as polyclinics or hospitals. To register with a doctor at a state medical institution, you will need to present your passport and proof of insurance.

Private Medical Institutions

If you prefer to see a private doctor, you can search for private medical institutions online or through personal recommendations. Private doctors often have shorter wait times and may offer more personalized care, but they can be more expensive than state doctors.

Paying for Doctor’s Appointments

In Russia, doctor’s appointments can be paid for through a variety of means.

State Insurance

If you are a Russian citizen or permanent resident, you are entitled to state insurance through the Mandatory Medical Insurance (MMI) program. This program covers most medical services, including doctor’s appointments, hospitalization, and emergency care. If you are employed, your employer will contribute to the MMI program on your behalf.

Private Insurance

Private insurance is also available in Russia and can be purchased by individuals or provided by employers. Private insurance can provide additional benefits such as access to private hospitals and clinics, shorter wait times for appointments, and more personalized care.


If you do not have insurance, you can still see a doctor in Russia by paying out-of-pocket. The cost of doctor’s appointments can vary depending on the doctor’s specialty and location. Private doctors may be more expensive than state doctors.

Transferring Medical Documents from Abroad

If you need to transfer your medical documents from abroad to a doctor in Russia, there are a few things to keep in mind.


All medical documents must be translated into Russian by a certified translator. This includes medical records, test results, and prescriptions.


All translated documents must be notarized by a notary public. This ensures that the documents are authentic and can be accepted by Russian healthcare providers.


If the country where the documents were issued is not a signatory to the Hague Apostille Convention, the documents will need to be legalized by the Russian embassy or consulate in that country.

Sending Documents

Once your documents are translated, notarized, and legalized (if necessary), you can send them to your doctor in Russia by mail or courier. It is a good idea to contact your doctor’s office before sending the documents to confirm the correct mailing address and any other requirements.

Finding and registering with a doctor in Russia is a straightforward process, with several options available including online directories, personal recommendations, and state or private medical institutions. Doctor’s appointments can be paid for through state insurance, private insurance, or out-of-pocket. If you need to transfer medical documents from abroad, the documents must be translated, notarized, and legalized (if necessary) before being sent to your doctor in Russia.

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