RIGA - An agreement has been reached on an extra allocation of EUR 140 million for healthcare this year, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) told journalists Friday, adding that the money has been reallocated from other sectors' budgets.
The prime minister said that Finance Minister Arvils Aseradens (New Unity) broke the "good news for the whole of society" to him that the Finance Ministry has clinched an agreement with line ministries on additional EUR 140 million for the health sector.
The government is expected to formally decide on the matter next week.
As reported, the board of the Trade Union of Health and Social Care Employees of Latvia had requested the government to additionally allocate at least EUR 140 million to healthcare to ensure "performance of the basic functions of the healthcare sector".
Several Latvian patients' organizations and associations representing healthcare workers have already raised the question by sending an open letter to Latvia's top officials, demanding that the government keep its promises regarding financing for healthcare.