LTV's Forbidden Method (Aizliegtais paņēmiens) show has investigated the price differences between Over The Counter (OTC) medication within four EU member states.
The Saeima on December 6 passed in the final reading amendments to the law on budget and financial management intended to resolve the issues arising from a delayed adoption of the 2019 state budget.
A proposal to alter transitional regulations on financing for healthcare, which stipulate that the government will have to provide financing for increasing healthcare employees' wages by 20% on the average during the next three years, will be reviewed at a Saeima plenary session next week, Saeima Social and Employment Matters Committee decided on December 5.
About 3% of children fully forgo immunization for their children, according to data by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
After two children died due to not receiving vaccines and shots, the Rīga's Children's Clinical University Hospital has issued a call for parents not to eschew vaccinating their children.
The Latvian Hospital Association has warned that the hospital sector can find itself in a state of emergency next year because of the Constitutional Court’s ruling on the regulation for medics’ overtime work, the association’s chairman Jevgenijs Kalejs told the LETA newswire November 23.
Considering the uncertainty about the new government, the Health Ministry will ask the outgoing government to make the decision in increasing medics’ wages, said the ministry’s acting state secretary Daina Murmane-Umbrasko.
The Health Ministry will urgently draft amendments in order to expand the range of medics who can work at the Emergency Medical Service, Health Minister Anda Čakša (Greens and Farmers Union) told reporters after the government committee's meeting November 12.
It's possible to amend the healthcare law, especially in relation to linking health care services with social contributions, while annulling it would also annul wage rise for medics, said outgoing Health Minister Anda Čakša (Greens and Farmers Union) in an interview with Latvian Radio November 5.
On October 25 four out of six potential coalition parties in the 13th Saeima gathered to discuss the ongoing healthcare reform, reported LTV.
Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) in cooperation with Latvian IT company MikroTik has launched an initiative aimed at personalizing and improving treatments and the outlook for survival for childhood cancer patients, the two organizations said in a press release October 15.
The Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) has signed a cooperation agreement with a hospital in Italy's Bolzano city on opening the university’s branch there that will serve as the clinical base for studies, said RSU representative Edijs Šauers.
A newly-formed non governmental organization (NGO) has been formed which says it wants to improve health screening for men in a bid to improve rates of detection and treatment for cancer.
All current restrictions on treatment of people with HIV will be lifted on October 1, Health Minister Anda Čakša (Greens/Farmers) said September 17 after a meeting with non-governmental organizations representing HIV and hepatitis C patients.
Starting next year, there will be 30,000 - 40,000 people who don't qualify for state-sponsored healthcare services. They will be able to make voluntary payments to receive the so-called "full basket" of government-funded healthcare services starting September 1, according to National Health Service representative Edgars Labsvīrs.
Latvia's State Health Inspectorate has told the public there is no risk to the public from an invasion of poisonous spiders, despite the appearance of official-looking posters at public transport stops in Rīga warning them about just such a threat with the worrying message: "Attention! Poisonous spiders!"
4.7 million euros has been allotted for two new state healthcare programs this year involving early detection of cardiovascular diseases and treatment of chronic patients in hospitals, Health Minister Anda Caksa told reporters July 24, reported the LETA newswire.
Latvian Health Minister Anda Caksa confirmed June 19 that she had been questioned by Lithuanian officials as part of the investigation into possible corruption at the Lithuanian National Blood Center.
The number of cancer cases diagnosed at an early stage has increased in Latvia, enabling more patients to start cancer treatment early, the National Health Service informed LETA.
Brussels plans to shift more than €30 billion in cohesion funding from eastern and central Europe to the southern member states still recovering from the economic downturn. Funding for the Baltic states - barring Latvia, it seems - is to shrink by almost a quarter in the bloc’s budget for 2021-2027, reports the Financial Times (paywall).
After hours of debate, on May 17 the Latvian parliament voted to leave Health Minister Anda Čakša at her post, reports LSM's Latvian-language service.
International experts probing the country's "e-health" system have found a bug that had caused it to slow down. It should be fixed within two months, said Latvia's Health Minister Anda Čakša, reported LTV May 14.
The Latvian Infectious Diseases Center of Riga Eastern Hospital has reported this season's first tick carrying the tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) virus, the hospital's spokeswoman Aija Lietina told LETA.
Over the past few years, more and more young doctors choose to work in the countryside after completing their internship, Ilze Grope, the dean of the Rīga Stradiņš University told LTV April 18.
Health Minister Anda Čakša has returned from childcare leave and says the ongoing healthcare reform in the country is going well, she told LTV in an interview on April 3.
A work group of Health Ministry officials, hospital employees, and patients' organizations wants to make Latvia's 'yes unless' organ donation system more clear, reports LTV.
A January 30 charity concert with the participation of a pleiade of Latvian music stars has raised €110,000 for cancer patients.
Last week the number of flu patients in Latvia’s southeastern Daugavpils region has reached the epidemic threshold, therefore the flu epidemics has been declared in Latvia starting from January 30, The Center for Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) reported.
A total of 35 persons have died from exposure to the cold from October 1 to January 15, LETA was informed by the State Forensic Medical Center.
On January 16 the National Health Service IT system and the 'e-health' system used by doctors to write prescriptions and sick leaves came under cyber attack, the Health Ministry told LSM's Latvian-language service.