The two-package national health insurance system, which was set up and intended to be implemented by the previous administration, is postponed until 2021 – the Saeima decided at the final reading on June 13. Until then, it is planned to launch a one package system and set a health insurance contribution of 1% for every wage-earner.
The drastic fluctuations in temperature, from the swelter in the streets to the cool air indoors, have increased cases of pharyngal inflammation, some of which require serious medical treatment, the LSM Latvian service's reported on June 12.
With the arrival of warm weather, the number of drowning victims and accidents are on the rise. The State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) warns bathers not to be reckless.
Donations to the Children's Clinical University Hospital fund have dropped by 25% after the recent tax reform, said the director of the fund Liene Dambiņa in an interview with Latvian Television. She noted that the decrease occurred right at the end of the year, when companies were usually known to make donations, which makes it evident that they now have little motivation to do so.
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.
Latvia's Health Minister Ilze Viņķele (Development/For!) has replaced five chief specialists in the country's healthcare system, including Dace Baltiņa, the ministry's oncology specialist who was, for a time, a high-ranking employee at a company promoting the highly controversial Rigvir anti-cancer medicine.
Latima, a company that is the registrar of the highly controversial Rigvir anti-cancer treatment, has contested the recent sales ban on its medicines using results obtained with an unregistered method.
“Serious political interference” and signs of fraud have been discovered in two of the Health Ministry’s recent high-tech projects, Health Minister Ilze Viņķele (For Development/For!) told journalists May 15.
Health Minister Ilze Viņķele (For Development/For) will propose a €51 annual mandatory payment for uninsured patients, which would effectively mean introducing a single-basket healthcare system in Latvia, the minister told LETA.
Latvia should spend 5 percent of its GDP on healthcare, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) representative Tamas Evetovits believes.
A proposal to decriminalize drug use might soon be submitted to Saeima for debating, Interior Ministry undersecretary of state Jānis Bekmanis told the press April 12.
The sight of cigarette cartons on display in stores is set to become a thing of the past after the Saeima on April 4 passed amendments to the law that will put tobacco products out of sight.
After repeat tests have shown that samples of the Rigvir anti-cancer medicine contain a smaller amount of the active ingredient than promised by the manufacturer, there are calls for police to investigate the case and for patients to demand their Rigvir is tested as well, reported LTV April 2.
Rigvir, a Latvia-invented injectable cancer drug, finds itself at the center of fresh controversy after LTV investigative show De Facto revealed vials of Rigvir virus sold to patients appeared to be less than they seem.
Due to multiple problems in the e-health system, implementation of the third round of the project has been put on hold, the LETA newswire reported March 5.
The flu has claimed 52 lives this season, according to Latvia's Center for Disease Control and Prevention data for last week.
Last week flu intensity in Latvia dropped by 25.8 percent, still it claimed lives of 11 more people in a week, according to data from the Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
Latvia's healthcare system is not viable right now, as there are too few taxpayers supporting too large a system, said Latvia's PM Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) appearing on LTV February 20.
Latvian politicians promise a discussion over legalizing medicinal marijuana, reported Latvian Radio February 14.
On February 12, the Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the Health Care Financing Law prepared by the Ministry of Health which envisage that even after Britain's withdrawal from the European Union (EU) or "Brexit" on March 29, its citizens in Latvia will be able to receive state-funded healthcare services.
Latvian residents enjoy fewer "healthy life years" than any other European Union country, according to latest data from Eurostat released February 4.
A small amount of beef from a Polish slaughterhouse where sick cattle were illegally butchered to be sold as meat has ended up in Latvia's Lido restaurant chain, Ilze Meistere, a spokeswoman for the Food and Veterinary Service, told LETA February 1.
In the first quarter of 2019, Latvia's Olainfarm will deliver second-line anti-tubercular drugs worth $1 million to the World Health Organization.
The "mass outflow" of Emergency Medical Service (NMPD) staff has been stopped, Raita Krišjāne, deputy head of the NMPD Rīga regional center told the press January 18.
Saeima on January 17 passed in the final reading a bill to postpone, until July 1, the launch of a new healthcare financing system that would separate healthcare services into two baskets of services accessible depending on one's social tax contributions.
This winter, fewer people than last year have received treatment for cold injuries. Nevertheless, people are invited to be watchful and inform emergency services.
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.
The Saeima social and labor affairs committee on January 8 plans to discuss a proposal to postpone application of the Healthcare Financing Law, providing that all healthcare services paid for by the state would be available only to insured residents, to June 1, the committee chairman Andris Skride (For Development/For) told the press.
The Latvian Medical Association wants the current healthcare financing system unchanged until June, the association told LETA January 2.
To date, over 3,000 people without state health insurance have voluntarily paid health insurance contributions, Inga Milasevica, director of the National Health Center, told journalists Friday.