Health Minister returns from childcare leave

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Health Minister Anda Čakša has returned from childcare leave and says the ongoing healthcare reform in the country is going well, she told LTV in an interview on April 3. 

She used the interview to heap praise on the healthcare reform has that seen wage increases for specialists and cuts in waiting times for state-sponsored medical services. Her angle was that during childcare leave she saw the effects of the reform from the outside. 

"It pleases me to some degree, because when you are on the inside, you may be blind to the fact that the wages have grown, that waiting times have decreased, and in many places you can receive services and medical tests within ten days," she said. 

Čakša said better work needs to be done, however, in showing patients where they can access specialist services fastest.

As reported, the financing to health care has reached €1.014 billion this year, and the €194 million increase in 2018 is the largest increase in Latvia since the country regained independence in the early 1990s.

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