RIGA - The government coalition is planning to invest EUR 120 million in the health sector, including infrastructure and patients' co-payments, Daniels Pavluts, chairman of the For Development/For group in Saeima, told journalists today after the weekly coalition cooperation meeting.
The lawmaker informed that the financing will be invested in various hospitals, including Latvia's Oncology Center, Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital and the large regional hospitals in Daugavpils, Valmiera, Rezekne, Liepaja and Ventspils, which need to expand their intensive care units.
Support is also planned for Children's Clinical University Hospital and the State Emergency Medical Service for upgrading their transportation fleet, said Pavluts.
Earlier, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) said at the news conference that the government coalition has agreed to back the Health Ministry's plan for the "scaling of hospitals".
Karins stressed that by the end of this year there should be clarity on what services each hospital will be providing.