Washington
The US Healthcare system
Washington, USA
Health
30 delegates
September 2013
The study tour began with a reception at Washington D.C. Department of Health. A wide range of topics was discussed there, from the overall structure of healthcare to the health insurance in USA.
With their luggage packed and schedules cleared from the 16th to the 21st of September, 30 delegates from Russia boarded a plane en route to the Washington DC, to attend a study tour on the US healthcare. The team was made of leaders of private and public hospitals in Russia as well as representatives of regional administrations.

The study tour began with a reception at Washington D.C. Department of Health. During the reception, a wide range of topics was discussed from the overall structure of healthcare to the health insurance in USA. This first of its kind trip was organised by the Russia Medical Association to give the delegates the opportunity to learn about the US Healthcare system and give room for future international health collaboration and partnerships.

During the 6 days spent on this study trip, a whole day was devoted to the familiarization with the principles and realities of operation of Sibley Memorial Hospital - a private nonprofit hospital located in the neighbourhood of DC, partially funded by government through tax exempt status. It is affiliated with John Hopkins University School of Medicine. The delegates visited the diagnostic ward as well as the maternity, orthopedic and pediatric departments, and they were introduced to programs for international cooperation.

One of the major highlight for the delegates was the visit to one of the oldest campuses in the United States - the University of Maryland Medical Centre. This university has access to a great amount of resources, being jointly funded by the federal government and the state government of Maryland. The University of Maryland Medical Centre is a respected university having prepared a wide array of medical professionals. Residents of Baltimore (the largest city in Maryland) have been beneficiaries of all forms of the full-range medical service provided by the university. Their highly specialised care has also been of immense help to people throughout the state and neighbouring areas. The Russian guests were given a first class tour of the Emergency Room, the trauma, orthopedic and dental services, and finally a tour of the Department of Organ Transplantation.

After 6 days of the study tour, the participants had learnt adequate knowledge on the US healthcare system. At the conclusion of this study visit, during the celebratory branch, the participants received tthe personalised certificates. The guests lauded great logistics and the exceptional level of the event.



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