Russia’s Far North: Medical help from above

­Russia’s Arctic Far North, one of the country's most remote regions, is an area so hard to get to that medical help has taken to the skies.

For the people living hours from the nearest village or hospital, a team of helicopter medics has become an emergency lifeline. Medical problems used to be treated in local tents, but now more professional help is at hand.

RT joined Doctor Vladimir Brodsky and his team from the region's medical aviation service to see how life-saving care is provided for those living across hundreds of kilometers of snowy wilderness.

As the service costs above $14 million dollars a year to run, there has been controversy, with some claiming that locals exaggerate or make up health problems and use the helicopters as a free taxi service. Doctor Brodsky explained to RT why that accusation can be firmly dismissed.