Understanding the Health System in Latvia

Gain insight into the health care system in Latvia. Explore its accessibility and limitations for expatriates, remote workers, retirees, and others who choose to live in Latvia.
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Latvia has a public and private healthcare system, with both offering quality medical care. The public healthcare system is called the Latvian Health Insurance Fund and is available to all Latvian citizens and legal residents. Foreigners (expats and digital nomads) are allowed to use the public healthcare system in Latvia, but it is not used by many foreigners. People generally recommend using public hospitals for serious medical emergencies and major surgery, as they are well-equipped and staffed with experienced medical professionals. Public hospitals in Latvia are typically clean and modern, with a wide range of services available.

Latvia’s Private Healthcare System

Latvia also has a private healthcare system, which is used by many expats and digital nomads. Private healthcare is more expensive than public healthcare, but it is often faster and more convenient. Private hospitals in Latvia are typically well-equipped and staffed with experienced medical professionals. People generally recommend using private hospitals for serious medical emergencies and major surgery, as they are well-equipped and staffed with experienced medical professionals.

Latvia’s Top Hospitals

Latvia has a number of top hospitals, both public and private. Some of the most well-known hospitals in Latvia include:

  • Riga East Clinical University Hospital (public, located in Riga)
  • Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital (public, located in Riga)
  • Riga Stradins University Hospital (public, located in Riga)
  • Latvian Oncology Center (public, located in Riga)
  • Riga Children’s Hospital (public, located in Riga)
  • Riga Red Cross Hospital (private, located in Riga)
  • Riga Cardiology Center (private, located in Riga)
  • Riga Eye Hospital (private, located in Riga)

Health Insurance Companies in Latvia

The most popular private health insurers in Latvia are BTA, Balta, and ERGO. These companies offer a range of health insurance plans, including basic health insurance, hospitalization insurance, and travel insurance. Expats and digital nomads typically use these companies or specialized expat health insurance providers.

Insider Tips from Expats in Latvia: How to Navigate the Health System

“Latvia has a well-developed healthcare system, providing a wide range of medical services to its citizens. The country has a network of hospitals, clinics, and health centers that offer a variety of medical services, including primary care, specialist care, and emergency services. Latvia also has a number of specialized medical centers that provide specialized care for specific conditions, such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and mental health. In addition, Latvia has a number of private medical facilities that offer a range of services, including cosmetic surgery, dentistry, and alternative medicine,” commented one member living in Latvia.

“Latvia offers a wide range of healthcare services, including primary care, specialist care, hospital care, and preventive care. The public healthcare system in Latvia is funded by the government and is available to all citizens and legal residents. The quality of public healthcare in Latvia is generally good, with modern facilities and well-trained medical staff. Foreign residents in Latvia are also eligible to use the public healthcare system, although they may need to pay a fee for certain services. Expats in Latvia can use the public healthcare system by registering with the local authorities and obtaining a personal identification number. This will allow them to access the same services as Latvian citizens, including free or discounted medical care,” commented one member living in Latvia.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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