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More people don't have money to visit doctors

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Last year, 4.6% of the population in Latvia characterised their health condition as “very good”, but, still, the biggest proportion of them opted for more modest assessment, with 44% characterising their health condition as “good” and 34% – as “fair”. Whereas, 13% of the respondents described their health as “bad” and 3.2% – as “very bad”. These results do not differ much from the ones gathered in 2009, according to the Central Statistical Bureau.

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe answers on health self-esteem given by men slightly differ from the ones of women, as men assesse their health more optimistically than women.

Self-perceived health varies among different age groups as well, with the most optimistic answers recorded among young people aged 16-24, as 86% of them say their health is “good” or “very good”. While the lowest estimations were recorded among respondents aged 65 and over, as 45% of them perceive their health as “bad” or “very bad”.

In 2010, a positive answer to the question “Do you have any chronic illness, long-standing sickness or physical limitations?” was given by more than one third of the respondents, namely, 34%. 30% of them pointed out health problems have disturbed or limited their home, work or leisure activities for at least 6 months. Whereas, 7% claimed these problems are serious (i.e., there are strong limitations), but 23% told there are limitations, but not that explicit. From the results of the survey it can be concluded limitations caused by health problems increase for people aged 65 and over. Only 33% of the respondents aged 65 and over say during the last 6 months they have not suffered from any health problems to limit their home, work and leisure activities.

The respondents were also asked “Was there any occasion during the last 12 months when you needed a medical examination or treatment (except dentist), but you did not have it?” An affirmative answer (“Yes, there was at least one occasion”) was given by 21% of the respondents, which is more than in 2008 (19%) and in 2009 (16%).


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