One-fifth of Russians intend to buy medicines for the future

During a pandemic coronavirus three out of four respondents Russians began to questions concerning health and health systems in General. 37% of respondents admitted that they have a greater appreciation for the work of medical staff, 27% were aware of the importance of high-quality medicines. About 20% of Russians admitted that they plan to stock up on a specific set of drugs for future use in case of a return to isolation in the future. These are the results of an international study STADA Health Report.

Overall satisfaction with the Russian health system is still at a low level. Only 31% of respondents are satisfied, as shown by the health system during the crisis. About 16% of Russians admitted that they are disappointed with the level of medicine, 10% said that in the future will be treated on their own, without the help of doctors. In other European countries the level of satisfaction with the health care system above: in the UK – 74%, in Germany – 67%, and in Italy 66 per cent.

Another problem, which revealed the epidemic, is the dependence of the pharmaceutical market and overall health from international supply chains, for example, from China and India. 34% of respondents said that the dependence on external markets – is unacceptable, and it is important that more drugs are manufactured within the country or in neighbouring countries. 27% of Russians believe that enough domestically produced vital drugs.

Another trend, which revealed the study STADA Health Report is the increased openness to digital medicine. Willingness to be diagnosed remotely via the web-Cam is significantly increased compared to the 2019 year. If last year only 54% of Europeans were willing to be treated “remotely”, but now it is already 70% of the respondents. However, the Belgians and the Germans are still sceptical about telemedicine – for it are 58% and 62%, respectively. In Russia this indicator remained at the same level (68%).

During the epidemic of Internet used to go not only for the advice of your doctor and drugs. The number of customers of online pharmacies in Russia increased by 12%. Every fifth Respondent said that he started using online sources for information about health problems which disturb them.

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