Latvia

Information for Patients
Healthcare in Latvia is based on the residence principle as well as being both universal and funded by the government. Standards are quite low in comparison to other countries within the European Union, with long waits for key services and lack of adequate equipment. Private sector tends to be of the same caliber as the rest of Western Europe and much better however, it is of a higher cost. Healthcare in Latvia is universal and free of charge to all citizens. 


Information for Health Care Professionals
All medical professionals must have all legal documents both notarized and legalized by the local Latvian embassy to relevant medical associations. Upon submission to the local embassy, exams for specific specialties must be submitted. It is also vital to double check with key medical societies within Latvia to understand key requirements for practice. 

The language of medical instruction in Latvia is Latvian.


Information for Travelers 
Due to the extensive wait timing in the Latvian health system, medical tourism is not common in the country at all. However, all EU citizens that travel or reside within Latvia have the rights to access Latvian healthcare. Those desiring a more efficient experience are then advised to have health insurance prior to arrival that can cover private care access. The best healthcare can be found in the capital city of Riga. 
The common language of hospitals in Latvia is Latvian but many can speak English, Russian or German as well.


The local Ministry of Health website: https://www.vm.gov.lv/en/


 

 

References:
https://www.vm.gov.lv/en/health_care/
http://www.oecd.org/els/health-systems/Health-Policy-in-Latvia-March-2017.pdf
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23579000
https://www.baltictimes.com/news/articles/34514/
https://www.pacificprime.com/country/europe/latvia-health-insurance-pacific-prime-international/