Russia: Life extension ‘an incredible opportunity’
Posted On July 1, 2021
Russia’s state media has said the introduction of a life extension programme is an “unexpected” and “unprecedented” development.
In an editorial published on Sunday, the semi-official Rossiya 24 news channel said the government would introduce a national health insurance scheme, which would include a life insurance scheme.
It said the programme was an “inspirational” step that would give Russia’s poor an “extraordinary chance” to keep living.
The programme would also provide them with a “life guarantee”, the news outlet said.
Life extension is an extremely important idea, Rossiya24 editorial says, adding that it was an important step in improving life for people.
In addition, Russia’s health ministry has said that its programme would help reduce the number of people who die of cancer.
The program is not a new idea, however, it is something that has been proposed for years and the state-run Rossiya TV has previously said it would “introduce” in the first half of 2019.
Earlier this year, Russia introduced its own “life extension” programme, which covers the life of the elderly, which it calls a “social welfare” program.
As of March 2019, the country has 7.5 million people over 85 years of age who would be eligible to get an extension of their life, which was the same as that for the national average.