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Neatkarīgā - Latvia | Thursday, September 24, 2015

Latvians must not fall ill this autumn

The biggest hospital in Riga used up the last of the budget it was allocated for 2015 by the Latvian state for medical examinations this week. Now patients must either pay for medical treatment or wait until January. Latvians have slowly come to terms with their mismanaged healthcare system, the national-conservative daily Neatkarīgā writes in anger: "Patients with chronic illnesses have already become used to the quota system. .. They know that by autumn there's no money left for treatments and they arrange their appointments accordingly. Better not break your leg or get sick in autumn! ... Even the resignation of the health minister won't make any difference. There's never enough money for health. And that's because the politicians don't spend much time thinking about the nation's health, while the patients suffer and overshoot the expected mortality rate."

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