LATVIA - Medical Device Industry and Demographic Data

Capital city: Riga

Total area: 65000 km²

Population: 2.2 million

Currency: Lats

Language: Latvian

Structure of population:
0-14 years: 14%
15-64 years: 68%
65 years and over: 18% (2011 est.)

Life expectancy at birth:
Male: 67 years
Female: 77 years

Healthcare expenditures total (% of GDP): 6.6%

Healthcare expenditures per capita: $718 (USD)

Expenditures on healthcare:
Government: 62%*
Private: 38%**

Number of hospitals: 94 (2007 data)

Healthcare financing: Hospitals are currently paid on the basis of a combination of case based payments by diagnosis group, a per diem payment, and additional payments for medical and surgical interventions. Prospective payments based on DRGs are in the process of being developed. Primary healthcare, majority of GPs work independently as private providers and some as employers in outpatient clinics. GPs are paid on the base of the mixed capitation and fee for service.

Medical device industry: The trade of medical devices is dominated by import; around 78 % of the market is supplied by imports.

* Government expenditures include all spending on healthcare passed through governmental agencies regardless of the funding source. Source: World Health Organization global health expenditure database. 2010 data.
** Private healthcare expenditures include private medical insurance, direct out-of-pocket payments by the consumer and other non-governmental sources. Source: World Health Organization global health expenditure database. 2010 data.