She said that in 2016 just four students at the Stradiņš University had agreements that they'll go to practice to the countryside following their internship, while currently there are agreements with a total 127 students.
Grope thinks that several things are at play here. One, there is much more information about work outside Rīga. Young doctors are convinced that work outside the capital is not worse, and municipalities and healthcare institutions lure young doctors with benefits such as kindergarten spots for their children and sometimes even work for their spouses. Pay can also be higher than in Rīga.