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06/23/2000

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WHO Ranking Rankles Health Chiefs

The World Health Organization issued a report this week evaluating health care systems around the world and it has been met with bewilderment in Russia. Out of 191 WHO member countries, Russia was ranked 130th, sandwiched between Peru and Honduras and far behind 11 former Soviet republics. Only Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan rank lower. The research, which is part of the WHO Health Report 2000, concluded that France has the best health care system, with Italy ranked second. Sierra Leone was ranked last behind Myanmar. Health Ministry spokesman Alexander Zharov said the report was based on data from 1997 and Russia's low ranking does not reflect the current state of the health care system. ""While for France, where the economy is stable, three years do not mean much, in Russia they mean a lot,"" he said Thursday. Dr.

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