There were around 5.4 thousand hospitals in Russia in 2016, the trend over the preceding seven years indicates a decrease in health care institutions in the country. Not surprisingly, alongside this decline in infirmaries, the number of hospital beds in Russia per 10,000 population has fallen over the same period. There were approximately 46 doctors per 10,000 people in Russia in 2016, again a figure that has lessened within the last few years. The number of nurses employed in Russia in 2016 was approximately 1.24 million.
Life expectancy at birth in Russia has steadily improved year-on-year since 2006, recorded at 71.6 years in 2016. With 616 fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants the most common cause of death in the country was diseases of the circulatory system. The prevalence of tobacco users among men aged 25 to 44 years was almost 55 percent in 2016 which may contribute to the high loss of life from circulatory ailments. While in a survey conducted by Ipsos, 57 percent of Russian respondents indicated that they suffer from a long-standing condition, illness or health condition.
60 percent of Russians consult with a physician at least once a year, while almost 70 percent of women see an obstetrician or a gynecologist on a yearly basis or more frequently. However, regarding their most recent patient experience, less than half of Russian patients believed that they were tended for with dignity and respect during the course of their care and less than a fifth judged that the best treatment possible was conducted while they were a patient.
With the uptake in digital health care set to rise in the future, only 3 percent of Russians have come into contact with telemedicine, but 50 percent conveyed that they would be willing to try it. As of 2017, almost a quarter of Russians used fitness apps, such as an activity tracker.