The Accounts Chamber calculated that in 2023, 90% less compulsory health insurance funds were spent on the treatment of COVID-19 than in 2022. In total, only 22.8 billion rubles were spent on these purposes this year.
For the period from January to September 2023, the volume of financial support for the provision of medical care to patients with COVID-19 amounted to 22.8 billion rubles. – this is 87.3% less volume for the same period in 2022 (RUB 179.1 billion), according to the operational report of the Accounts Chamber on the execution of the budget of the Federal Compulsory Medical Insurance Fund (MHIF).
Among all cases of hospitalizations for the nine months of 2023 in a hospital setting across all profiles of medical care, COVID-19 accounted for 1% of cases of 178.8 thousand hospitalizations with coronavirus among 17.8 million of all hospitalizations. The frequency of hospitalizations with COVID-19 was also 86.2% lower than the rate for the same period in 2022 (1.3 million hospitalizations).
In the fall, Rospotrebnadzor said that coronavirus no longer carries high risks of complications and mortality, as at the height of the pandemic. In this regard, the department does not consider vaccination against infection necessary this season.