Health care in Latvia
The classification of health care in Latvia suggests the following:
- Primary health care – the first stage of interaction or contact between patients and the provider of health care services (family doctor, assistant of the doctor, nurse, accoucheuse or midwife, dentist, assistant of the dentist, nurse of the dentist and sanitarian).
- Secondary health care – specialized ambulatory and stationary health care, orienting to emergency, acute or planned type health care (which is provided by an ambulatory medical institution, in the ambulatory department of a hospital, in the institution of emergency medical care, in a day patient facility, or in a hospital).
- Emergency medical care - sudden falling ill or trauma, as a result of which the life of the victim is in danger.
- Tertiary health care – highly specialized health care services, which are provided in specialized medical institutions by specialists or professionals of multiple fields of medicine, who in turn have extra qualification.
In Latvia, health care services paid by the state are regulated by the Health Care Financing Law (Veselības aprūpes finansēšanas likums)
The persons who are not mentioned, receive medical services at a charge in accordance with the pricelist of a medical institution or the pricelist of services which are to be paid for, provided by a medical specialist.
It is possible to receive health care services paid by the State only in the medical institutions (not depending on the form of ownership or property), which have concluded an agreement with The National Health Service (NHS), information are on the NHS web page www.vmnvd.gov.lv.