OECD Reviews of Public Health: Latvia
A Healthier Tomorrow
Latvia sees high rates of obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption. In turn, this
results in a high incidence of preventable diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes
and many cancers. This puts a burden on a health system which is already operating
on a very tight budget as compared to other OECD countries. This OECD report shows
that Latvia has many of the policies it needs to address these problems in place.
However, Latvia needs to go further to ensure the health system can effectively prevent
diseases, not just cure them. This will require redesigning policies to reach a larger
population and efforts to educate the population to understand how to protect their
health. Better screening programmes are needed, as is a stronger primary care sector,
and access to essential medicines for all Latvians.
Published on December 22, 2020
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