Central Clinical Hospital

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Coordinates: 55°44′47″N 37°23′21″E / 55.74639°N 37.38917°E / 55.74639; 37.38917 The Central Clinical Hospital of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation (Russian: Центральная клиническая больница c поликлиникой Управления делами Президента Российской Федерации) (also called "Kremlin Hospital", "Kremlyovka", "Death Valley" and the "Kremlin Clinic") is a heavily guarded facility seven miles northwest of the Kremlin in an exclusive, wooded suburban area known as Kuntsevo. It's considered to be the best hospital in Russia and one of the best hospitals in the world.[citation needed] The hospital is guarded by the Federal Protective Service. The hospital has business contacts with many foreign medical organizations, which allows it to acquire invaluable experience in health care around the world. Among patients are political, business, cultural and scientific elite of Russia (and Soviet Union before 1991, like presidents Yuri Andropov or Konstantin Chernenko) and representatives of the diplomatic corps. The hospital now accepts an increasing number of private, self-paying patients and it is common to pay for one's treatment. While the hospital is open to the public and anyone may theoretically be admitted and treated there, its fees and charges are well beyond the means of most Russians and so it retains its elitist image.

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