OECD critical of Latvia's plan to finance healthcare by social contributions

Financing for healthcare in Latvia should be allocated from the state budget and healthcare must not be financed by social contributions, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Secretary-General Angel Gurria said during a presentation of the OECD Economic Survey of Latvia today.

He stressed that Latvia should think about how to allocate more funds to healthcare.

Financing for healthcare must come from the general budget, not from special social contributions, said Gurria. Furthermore, the tax system must be easy to administer, in which case healthcare will cost less for taxpayers, he added.

In Gurria's opinion, people in Latvia are afraid to get sick at the moment, fearing that they may go bankrupt.

As reported, the OECD today presented its Economic Survey of Latvia and Environmental Performance Review of Latvia.

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