LATVIA – HEALTH
According to «rus.LSM.lv», approximately 29 000 people die in Latvia each year and only 10% of them die instantly. This means that 90% of dying people and their relatives face not only physical, but also psychological problems.
Death does not belong in hospitals or the state. Death is a natural process, which should take place with one’s family at home. This is the basis of the idea of palliative care and similar services are available everywhere except in Latvia.
Latvia is not on the world quality list of palliative care services at all, but countries such as Nigeria, Uruguay, Zimbabwe, Russia, Belarus and others are on the list. There is no money allocated in Latvia’s budget for these services. The country also lacks health state insurance. The Ministry of Welfare has sent a financial request, but so far this funding has not been awarded.
Data source: Hospiss.lv