Next year, salaries of physicians and specialists working in inpatient care will increase close to 80%, from €859 to €1,547 a month, according to the Health Ministry's information.
A series of exchanges between a representative of a Riga-based cancer therapy center and a U.S. cancer surgeon has been published online.
Latvia's State Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) said October 2 it had lifted restrictions on 'Dogo' brand dogfood, claiming that a foul-up in a Danish laboratory was responsible for earlier results suggesting it was potentially unsafe.
The Latvian government will cover the costs for contraceptives for women exposed to social exclusion risks, according to the Mother and Child Health Improvement Plan for 2018-2020 prepared by the Health Ministry.
Health Minister Anda Caksa has promised to get critics and supporters of the controversial claimed cancer treatment 'Rigvir' around a table to debate their differences and establish what claims to clinical effectiveness the treatment possesses.
Two adolescents were hospitalized on September 20 after complaining of illness, perhaps tied to stink in the Vecmīlgrāvis neighborhood near Riga Free Port.
Many Latvians collect at least some of their drinking water direct from natural springs, and ascribe all sorts of curative and health-giving powers to it. But an investigation by LTV's Aizliegtais paņēmiens (Forbidden methods) suggests that faith in natural purity may be misplaced in some instances.
Latvia's Health Ministry has defended having a controversial claimed treatment for cancer on its official list of medicines, despite expressions of doubt about its effectiveness and clinical validity from oncologists, the De Facto investigative new show reported September 3.
Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs was under renewed pressure August 18, this time not because of his role in the scandalous 'Oligarch conversations' but because of dog food.
The first draft of a new law on healthcare financing will be produced by the meeting of the National Trilateral Cooperation Council planned in late August, Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens and Farmers Union) told the press after a meeting of ruling coalition parties on Monday.
The Finance Ministry proposes raising excise tax on alcoholic beverages, beer and cigarettes at a steeper rate than originally planned, according draft amendments to the Excise Tax Law, submitted for the final reading in Saeima.
Health Minister Anda Caksa sent a solidarity message to expecting middle-aged women as she revealed she's expecting a baby, to be born in January 2018.
The Latvian Association of Family Physicians has rejected the latest deal proposed by Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) and Health Minister Anda Caksa and will carry on with their strike, but in a different form, the association’s head Sarmite Veide told journalists on July 17.
The illegal cigarettes market in Latvia last year dropped by 18% from 2015, according to the latest KPMG report on trade of illegal cigarettes in the EU.
Health Minister Anda Caksa, Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis and Sarmite Veide, the leader of the Latvian Association of Family Physicians, on July 12 failed to reach an agreement on ending the family physicians’ ongoing strike.
The Latvian Association of Family Doctors will not sign an agreement that would end the ongoing strike of family doctors (or GPs) as it doesn't, they say, meet their core demands, reported Latvian Radio on July 7.
The Latvian Association of Family Physicians might decide to end its current strike in the near future, the association’s head Sarmite Veide told journalists after a meeting with Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers).
Last year, 1,152 women in Latvia were diagnosed with breast cancer, of which for 37 percent breast cancer was detected in stage 3 or 4, as the Health Ministry's oncology expert Dace Baltina told a press conference July 5.
Over 600 family physicians across Latvia are going on strike today by suspending the provision of government-funded services at noon.
A large fire at a recycling site in the seaside resort of Jūrmala cast a pall over the summer skyline over the weekend.
After the Latvian health sector’s reform, patients not making social security contributions (paying labor taxes) will only be entitled to family physicians’ services, emergency care and treatment of some specific conditions, information released by the Health Ministry suggests.
The Latvian Family Practitioners Association has announced strike action starting July 3, the head of the association Sarmīte Veide told LSM.
The Latvian Health Ministry will propose two kinds of health insurance - an emergency medical services basket and a full medical services basked, said Health Minister Anda Caksa on June 1.
There was further evidence of discord among officials with regards to healthcare May 29 with family physicians threatening strike action and government figures bickering over what reforms were needed, when, and how much they should cost.
The government and social partners agreed today to work out a timetable by June 1 that would provide for raising health care funding to 4% of GDP by 2020.
Botched management-level decisions and inactivity have worsened the finances of the Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital - the largest hospital in Latvia. The Health Ministry knew about the goings-on but did nothing, says a State Audit Office report published April 11.
The Latvian Health Ministry proposes dividing hospitals into four levels and changing the way the cooperate.
A new journalistic collaboration looks at problems with mental health care in Latvia. A lack of databases recording the whereabouts and histories of people with serious mental health issues poses a potential threat to the public, as several cases already show.
The leading health workers' union has withdrawn an imminent threat of industrial action, signalling that it is hopeful of progress in talks with the government over funding for the health sector.