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RIGA - The financing to Latvian hospitals for outpatient services this year will increase by EUR 13.9 million compared to 2016 while the financing for in-patient services will be by EUR 7.8 million higher than last year, according to the information from the National Health Service.
The National Health Service has started preparing agreements for the provision of the government-paid health care services in 2017 and sending them to hospitals, said Evija Stalberga, a spokeswoman for the National Health Service.
The total amount of financing for the government-paid health care services to out-patients in 2017 is planned at EUR 273.2 million or by EUR 13.9 million more than in 2016, and the allocations for in-patient services amount to EUR 258.4 million which is a growth by EUR 7.8 million from last year.
Stalberga could not yet answer the question about which hospitals would receive larger financing this year and for which hospitals financing would be cut, saying that more detailed information would be available when all the agreements had been drawn up and sent to hospitals. This has to be done within 30 working days after the promulgation of the annual national budget but no later than by January 23.