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Cabinet tweaks health care financing model

The Cabinet of Ministers approved adjustments to the financing model for patient co-payments and the tiered design of coverable diagnoses proposed by Health Minister Guntis Belēvičs as being more “fair”, as the state would pay more for complicated operations than for routine ones, for instance.

The minister vowed that reforms would continue and bring the new financing system to completion in the long-term. Already by January 1 patient co-pays will fall from the current €13 to €10 per day-bed in hospital.

To implement the changes throughout the state health care system will take €1m, with €800,000 towards additional man-hours and €200,000 towards the health inspection system which is combating the “shadow economy” in the sector.

The state budget for 2015 has earmarked €30.6m to the health care sector.

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