Five million euros allocated to healthcare in Latvia

On Tuesday, the Cabinet supported EUR 2.94 million in grants to the health sector in order to cover the costs of diagnosis and treatment of Covid-19, as well as EUR 2.05 million, to provide supplies of medicinal products to medical treatment institutions, Health Ministry spokeswoman Anna Strapcāne said August 11.

In spring, a series of measures in the health-care sector were introduced to ensure the epidemiological safety of the population. It was therefore stipulated that COVID-19 patients and patients suspected of being infected with this disease are compensated from the State budget. Thus, the risks of infecting others were minimized because patients were not experiencing financial issues regarding diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of the disease, Strapcāne explained. Laboratory tests are also paid if COVID-19 is suspected.

Of the additional EUR 2.94 million allocated:

  • EUR 333 270 go to outpatient health services (patient co-payment compensation, family doctor visits to patients at home, etc.);
  • EUR 99 352 for hospital health services;
  • EUR 2 513 633 for the organisation and performance of laboratory examinations.

Meanwhile, in order to provide supplies of medicines to medical institutions during the spread of COVID-19 infection, the government decided to divert an additional EUR 2 054 926. As a result, hospitals will have access to supplies of medicines for three months to avoid possible disruptions in medicine supply.

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