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Healthcare Ministry hopes to attract doctors to work outside Riga using additional pay

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUUsing single-time and monthly payments, Latvian Healthcare Ministry hopes to attract doctors to work outside of Riga.

The ministry notes that one important factor is the ageing of Latvian healthcare specialists, especially among family doctors. This problem is topical for Latvia and the whole of Europe. 28.5% of doctors in Latvia are of pension and pre-pension age. Only 18.8% of doctors in Latvia are under 40. Because of that, it is not possible to perform a balanced and qualitative generation change. Without comprehensive and active programs to attract new specialists, the situation could become worse.

Certain Latvian regions still experience systematic problems with finding a family doctor. The majority of doctors are older than 65. To ensure that regions do not experience a situation when it is hard to provide healthcare services, it is necessary to carry out a generation change, the ministry states.

Single-time compensations and monthly compensations are planned to be paid to healthcare specialists that undergo family doctor training in hospitals, clinics and Emergency Heath Service outside of Riga.

The single-time compensation is planned to be equal to five monthly wages. It is also planned to allocate additional compensation equal to one monthly wage for each family member to encourage doctors to work with families in regions.

The monthly compensation of EUR 200 to cover subsistence costs is planned to be paid in the first year. In the second year, it is planned to pay 70% of the aforementioned EUR 200 over the course of the first six months and 30% in the remaining six months.

EUR 9.9 million will be available for compensations until 2023. EUR 8.4 million of this amount will come from the European Social Fund and EUR 1.5 million will come from national funding.

As noted by the ministry, considering that the available funding is not available for the attraction of all necessary medical personnel. Because of that, it is planned to list priority professions in healthcare institutions. For example, according to Healthcare Ministry, it is necessary to state that support will not be provided to healthcare institutions located 60 km away from Riga, considering that often doctors and nurses from the capital work in such hospitals and clinics.

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