From the 16th to 21st of September 2013, 30 executive health professionals from Russia
attended a study tour to learn about the US healthcare system
. The group was comprised of leaders of private and public hospitals in Russia, as well as representatives of regional administrations.
The study tour started with a reception at the Washington D.C. Department of Health
. During the reception, a wide range of topics was discussed, from the overall structure of the US healthcare system
to health insurance in the USA
. This innovative tour was organised by the Russia Medical Association
for the delegates to discover the US Healthcare system and allow future international health partnerships.
During the 6 days of the tour, a full day was used for the delegates to gain knowledge of the principles and realities of operation at the Sibley Memorial Hospita
l - a private nonprofit hospital located in the neighbourhood of DC, partially funded by the government through tax exempt status. The hospital is also affiliated with John Hopkins University School of Medicine
. The tour participants visited the diagnostic ward as well as the maternity, orthopedic and pediatric departments, and they were introduced to some programs for international cooperation.
One of the highlights for the Russian delegates was to visit one of the oldest campuses in the United States - the University of Maryland Medical Centre
. The 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 educated numbers of medical professionals. Residents of Baltimore (the largest city in Maryland) have been enjoying all forms of the full-range medical service provided by the university. Their highly specialised care has also been of great help to people throughout the state and neighbouring areas. The Russian delegates had a very interesting time, visiting the ER, the trauma, orthopedic and dental services, and finally the Department of Organ Transplantation
The participants got an overview of the US healthcare system and at the end of the tour, during the final dinner, they were awarded individual certificates. All delegates highlighted Dialog Health outstanding work, from very good logistics to great visits.