The Latvian Association of Family Physicians has decided to end a work to rule that began in July this year and has made new demands to the Health Ministry, warning that they may resume their action if the demands are not met, reported LETA December 1.
Also last year Latvia reported the highest number of new AIDS cases in the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA), but the situation has slightly improved from 2015, said Inga Upmace, the board chairwoman of the Baltic HIV Association.
On November 30 the Latvian parliament passed the new healthcare bill in the second, non-final reading. The bill proposes that people paying social security taxes will have full access to public healthcare.
In contrast to a recent report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that had Latvia as a top reforming member state, the latest report from the organization has Latvia at the other end of the scale when it comes to life expectancy in general and fruit eating in particular.
Reports by Latvian journalists exposing sometimes brutal and often degrading or careless treatment of the residents of Latvia's children's homes have been some of the most frequent headlines during 2017.
The Latvian Association of Family Physicians is not convinced that the e-health (E-veselība) system will be ready for use starting from January 1, the association’s president Sarmite Veide told LETA November 3.
The board of the Latvian Association of Family Physicians on October 26 decided to continue a limited strike, LETA learned from the association.
Next year, salaries of physicians and specialists working in inpatient care will increase close to 80%, from €859 to €1,547 a month, according to the Health Ministry's information.