Russian and International medical requirements for adoptions, are getting more difficult as the years go by, mostly due to the fear of communicable diseases brought from one continent to another. Such as the swine flue epidemic that spread so rapidly. In reaction new measures are being taken to prevent such contamination.
Online PR News – 19-January-2010 – – Russian Adoptions are being curtailed by the Russian courts now requiring adoptive parents to complete a medical evaluation in the U.S. prior to travel as well as an additional medical exam that will take place in Russia. The exam is commonly known as the '8 doctor medical'.
An appointment will be made for you to go to a medical clinic in Russia to have the medical requirement completed. The exam is required in most regions, but not all. Some regions require the exam to be done in the adopted locations region, while other regions require the exams be done in Moscow. Your social worker will let you know if it is applicable to your region of adoption. The clinic in Moscow will accept Master-card or Visa, while other regions may only accept cash. This appointment can occur on either the first or second trip, depending on the region you are adopting from and your individual circumstances. The exam requires laboratory testing, which can be completed by your personal physician here in the U.S. prior to travel and brought with to Russia for the sake of simplicity, although Russian adoption is anything but simple at times.
These are the eight exams required; Narcologist, Neuropathologist, TB, Oncologist, Infectionist, Physician, Dermatologist STD and a Psychiatrist.
While some have called this "Outright communistic", others have said that "it's a necessary precaution to avoid epidemics". While Russia is currently one of the most restrictive of countries, it is often a trend setter for other nations to follow. Many here in the United States are worried that more nations will follow suite and further restrict the already unorganized adoption processes in those countries.