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Up to 300,000 Latvian residents will not automatically receive state health insurance

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU100,000 to 300,000 residents in Latvia will have to pay state compulsory health insurance fees, says Healthcare Minister Anda Čakša.

State compulsory health insurance will be automatically provided to socially less protected groups of residents, as well as persons whose social insurance fees are paid by others, says the minister.

Voluntary contributions have to be paid by persons who are not automatically provided with insurance. Payment of voluntary contributions can be performed once a year. This year’s amount will be EUR 51.60. Payments will be allowed to be performed starting with September.

«The portion of residents not provided with insurance automatically will be able to perform payments starting with 1 September. It will be allowed to be done remotely or in person at the State Treasury,» said Čakša.

The minister says a notification will pop up in residents’ e-health account with information if they have to pay the contribution. Čakša added that residents will have to update their status by turning to relevant institutions.

If a person does not pay the voluntary contribution, he or she will only have access to basic healthcare services, not including consultations with specialists or examinations.

Čakša says that, according to estimates, healthcare insurance will not be provided automatically to approximately 100,000 to 300,000 residents. The exact number will become clear only once «more than 20 databases have been compiled together».

«Health insurance system was important to help stabilize healthcare funding system,» says the politician.

From now on, residents who do not perform payments of state social insurance will have to pay contributions to the State Treasury once a year in order to receive state health insurance, as stated in the requirements approved by the government on Thursday, 3 May.

The size of health insurance fees will be 1% of a minimal monthly wage or EUR 51.60 in 2018, 3% from minimal monthly wage or EUR 154.80 in 2019, and 5% from the minimal monthly wage or EUR 258 in 2020.


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