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Latvian president announces amendments on postponing new healthcare service system

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian State President Raimonds Vējonis has announced amendments for the Healthcare Financing Law that provide for postponing the adoption of a new healthcare service system until 1 July.

The Saeima approved amendments in the final reading last week. These provide for preserving the accessibility of the current healthcare service system in the first half-year.

A new healthcare financing model was supposed to become active in Latvia at the beginning of the year. This model is based on state healthcare insurance and provides two different levels of healthcare service for patients who pay insurance contributions and ones that do not. However, because of problems with the IT system all residents still receive an equal amount of services regardless of their insurance contributions.

Authors of amendments stressed that at the beginning of the year healthcare institutions had no real way to checking people’s rights to receive state-financed healthcare services, because the system was not properly prepared for this task in time.

Previously, Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša allowed postponing the adoption of a new healthcare system would cost one to two million euros.

Nevertheless, the exact extent of said costs with postponing the system until summer remains unknown. As explained by National Health Service representative Agnese Jasenoviča, it will be possible to present more detailed estimates once work has concluded on the database of insured people and once the state insurance platform has been integrated in all important databases.

NHS representative notes the volume of finances depends on patients’ health complaints, diagnoses and which state-financed healthcare services needed to commence treatment.

Healthcare minimum all residents are eligible for is part of the emergency healthcare services, as is pregnancy and obstetrical services, state cancer screening, family physician services, diagnostic investigations prescribed by the family physician, as well as state compensated medicines for persons suffering from psychological disorders, sugar diabetes and infectious diseases, such as HIV, AIDS, tuberculosis and others. This range of services also includes cancer treatment, as well as diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases.

The full range of healthcare services will be available only to those insured.


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