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    MOSCOW, 14 February, 2004. /RIA Novosti correspondent/. -War invalids and veterans in Russia will be able to get all high-priced medical services free of charge at the new Marshal Georgy Zhukov National Hospital for War Veterans.

    The hospital, a part of the national Pirogov Medical and Surgery Centre in Moscow, is furnished with advanced medical equipment and can admit 200 patients. It opened this February.

    On Saturday, Russia's Health Minister Yuri Shevchenko inspected the new hospital.

    "At present, there are 63 hospitals for war veterans in Russia," Konstantin Lyadov, the executive director of the national Pirogov Medical and Surgery Centre, told journalists.

    "The Marshal Zhukov Hospital will admit the patients whose condition requires specific treatment and diagnostic techniques that are so far unavailable at regional medical facilities," Konstantin Lyadov said.

    The hospital will carry out specific kinds of joint replacement operations, sophisticated cardiac surgery, including coronary bypass operations and cardiac valve replacement, operations on kidneys and other organs, he said. All surgery and prosthesis work will be funded from the state budget.

    According to the Russian Health Ministry, there are over 700,000 war veterans in Russia today, including 374,000 WWII invalids.

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