Saeima committee agrees to postpone healthcare insurance scheme

The Saeima social and labor affairs committee has backed the initiative of postponing the introduction of the new healthcare system, said committee leader Andris Skride (Development/For!) January 9.

Skride said that the step is necessary because of IT failures, as well as the lack of information over the number of people left without access to the full range of healthcare services.

Skride told Latvian Radio that this will not require any extra funding. 

The initiative is still subject to vote by the Saeima. 

Nevertheless it is unclear as to what will happen with the money of the over 3,000 people who have voluntarily made social insurance contributions already. 

Last year, Latvia supported introducing mandatory healthcare insurance, with people paying social contributions, as well as unprotected groups, receiving access to a full range of healthcare services.

In the meantime, all residents - including those who make no social contributions - will have access to the basic set of healthcare services paid for by the state.

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