Since 1996, Russia’s constitution has provided citizens and residents with the right to free healthcare. This is provided by the state through the Federal Compulsory Medical Insurance Fund (also called the OMI or Obligatory Medical Insurance). Appointment and payment of pensions affect 40 million pensioners.

People that reach retirement age in Russia (60 for men, 55 for women) get free transportation, their retirement income is not taxed unlike here in the US (e.g., 85% of the US Social Security Annual benefit amount is subject to regular income tax), are exempt from property tax, get 100% government health copay, no deductibles, no 80/20 provider/patient split (US Medicare is 80/20 with a $233 yearly deductible)…all FREE. Pensioners receive 50% discount on electric/water usage, reduced cost for cell phone, free admission to museums, concerts, and other public events, once a year trip all free for up to 3 weeks to sanctuaries located in the south of Russia for mineral baths, food, housing and holistic therapy  and that is just a few of the perks.  For anyone, Cell phone cost in Moscow, $9 a month, internet $10 a month but pensioners get a lower rate. For a pensioner a cell phone is approx. 350 rubles = $6.

According to the law, a pensioner after 70 years of age is reduced the payment for major repairs of a house by 50 percent, and after 80 years of age, it is canceled altogether. At the same time, he must be the owner of the apartment, live in it or pay for utility services. The benefit is provided if the pensioner lives alone and does not work or lives with relatives who have a disability or have retired due to old age and do not work. The preference is compensatory in nature: a person pays the full amount for the overhaul, and then part of it is returned to the account.

Short videos of a government clinic and the modern just built metro system on the outer ring my wife took yesterday.  Notice no graffiti, free of crime, clean, modern and superior to any US System. The Soviet Metro system as Fully has displayed in a post is also magnificent in its beauty. I have been on it and attest to its splendor.