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Health Ministry in Latvia proposes the 4-stage reform

BC, Riga, 22.04.2016.Print version
The Health Ministry n Latvia is proposing a reform of the national health system in four stages, which among other things would also include a revision of the government-funded services and the launch of a new healthcare funding scheme in 2018, informs LETA.

Health Ministry state secretary Solvita Zvidrina met with members of the Saeima social and labor affairs committee on April 21st to brief them on the planned reform.


The ministry official explained that the first stage of the reform would include a revision of the basket of government-funded healthcare services and medicines, as well as the number of residency vacancies.


The second stage would provide for developing a new healthcare funding scheme. The ministry plans to draw up a report on several alternative funding schemes and submit it to the government by July 2016. Work on the chosen funding scheme would continue until the end of this year, and the new scheme would be launched in 2018.


The third stage of the health reform would include a structural analysis of the healthcare system and patient turnover, the ministry representative said.


The four stage of the planned reform provides for the creation and launch of an e-health system.


The Saeima committee today debated a possible extra allocation for healthcare.


As reported, the Latvian health care sector might initiate dissolution of Saeima if no solution to its problems is found.


Valdis Keris, the chairman of the Latvian Trade Union of Health and Social Care Employees, told the press on Monday that the forms of protests are still being discussed, but it is clear now that if all other steps do not bring any results, the sector might initiate dissolution of Saeima.


The planned protest campaigns will allow participation of every Latvian resident, so, most believably, these will not be strikes. The planned campaigns might involve meetings. Local governments will also be asked to turn to Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis to include in the government’s action plan the deleted promises to improve the health care system.

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