Doctors call off industrial action... for now

The Latvian Association of Family Physicians has decided to end a work to rule that began in July this year and has made new demands to the Health Ministry, warning that they may resume their action if the demands are not met, reported LETA December 1.

Latvia has highest number of new AIDS cases in EU, EEA

Also last year Latvia reported the highest number of new AIDS cases in the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA), but the situation has slightly improved from 2015, said Inga Upmace, the board chairwoman of the Baltic HIV Association.

Saeima goes ahead on new public healthcare bill

On November 30 the Latvian parliament passed the new healthcare bill in the second, non-final reading. The bill proposes that people paying social security taxes will have full access to public healthcare. 

Latvians eat few fruit, drink more booze

In contrast to a recent report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that had Latvia as a top reforming member state, the latest report from the organization has Latvia at the other end of the scale when it comes to life expectancy in general and fruit eating in particular. 

WHO touts e-health initiative as GPs remain skeptical

The Latvian Association of Family Physicians is not convinced that the e-health (E-veselība) system will be ready for use starting from January 1, the association’s president Sarmite Veide told LETA November 3. 

Dogo dogfood ban lifted

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.

Health minister promises 'Rigvir' summit

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.

Spring water not always as magical as many think

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.

Health ministry defends claimed cancer treatment

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. 

Toxic substance found in dog food

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.

Healthcare financing law ready in weeks, promises PM

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.

Family doctors limit strike

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.

Family doctors continue 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.

Family doctors may call off strike

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).

Hopes for improvement on breast cancer detection

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.

Want healthcare? Pay your taxes! says government

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.

Doctors to strike on July 3

The Latvian Family Practitioners Association has announced strike action starting July 3, the head of the association Sarmīte Veide told LSM.