UPDATE: Russia adopts new rules for medical assistance to foreigners

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MOSCOW, September 5 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian government has adopted new rules for medical assistance to foreign nationals in Russia.

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov signed the relevant decree Monday, the government press service said.

According to the document, foreigners are entitled to receive emergency medical assistance expediently without charge. Such assistance should be provided by hospitals "under conditions that pose an immediate threat to life and require an urgent medical response, such as accidents, injuries, and food poisoning."

When the situation is no longer an emergency, foreigners can receive regular paid medical services.

Regular medical services are provided in accordance with an agreement on provision of paid medical services or on the basis of voluntary or mandatory insurance policies. In order to receive paid medical assistance, a foreigner has to present copies of medical records, including the results of prior clinical, X-ray, and other lab tests, and a document confirming the ability of a patient to pay in full for medical services rendered and to make a pre-payment for the treatment.

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