Western medical care in Moscow can be expensive, difficult to obtain, and not entirely comprehensive. Some facilities offer quality services, but many restrict services to normal business hours and/or to members or people willing to pay for services in advance. Acceptance of insurance in lieu of prepayment is rare. Most patients pay in cash and receive reimbursement from their insurance companies upon their return to the United States.
Russian nationalized medical care is officially free of charge, but the quality of service ranges from unacceptable to merely uncomfortable. However, Russian doctors often demand payment for disposable needles, medications, and some services. Medical evacuation to another country is an expensive option.
The Embassy strongly urges all travelers who visit Russia to purchase traveler's medical insurance which includes coverage for a medical evacuation.
For routine medical care, we have compiled a list of medical service providers. The U.S. Embassy assumes no responsibility for the professional ability or reputation of the persons or medical facilities whose names appear on the following list. This information is subject to change without notice. If you find any inaccuracies, please contact us.
Medical Service Providers List (PDF 211KB)
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