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Economic Consequences Of Non Communicable Diseases And Injuries In Russia

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Communicable diseases in Russia

This study by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies examines economic consequences of non communicable diseases and injuries in Russia:

* What effect has adult ill health, particularly noncommunicable diseases and injuries, had on the Russian economy and the economic outcomes of the people living there?

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* If the excessive burden of adult ill health in the Russian Federation were reduced, what economic benefits would result?

The answers are unambiguous: poor adult health negatively affects economic wellbeing and, if effective action were taken, better health would help sustain higher economic growth rates.

Though based on the Russian Federation, the findings apply equally to other transitional economies and should be read with interest by policy-makers throughout the eastern part of the WHO European Region.