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.

The National Trilateral Cooperation Council comprising representatives of the government, trade unions and employers is to meet some time between August 25 and August 27, and this meeting will also discuss healthcare financing in line with the council's previous decisions, the prime minister said, responding to the concerns about the new draft previously raised by the Latvian Trade Union of Health and Social Care Workers (LVSADA).

"We will be keeping our promises [regarding healthcare]," the head of the Latvian government said.

As previously reported, the Latvian Trade Union of Health and Social Care Workers (LVSADA) and the Latvian Association of Hospitals have called on the Health Ministry to hold an urgent meeting of the Sub-Council on Health Care under the National Trilateral Cooperation Council to discuss the draft law on health care financing and the pay rise to medics.

The LVSADA leader, Valdis Keris, said previously that, "for reasons unknown," the new draft law did not provide either for increase of financing to at least 4 percent of GDP by 2020 or for a significant pay rise to the medical personnel, although these were the provisions that the National Trilateral Cooperation Council had agreed upon earlier.

Meanwhile a work to rule by hundreds of family doctors dissatisfied with healthcare financing continues.

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