Health Insurance in Latvia - Public Services and Private Undertakings
International Journal of Sustainable Development Research
Volume 5, Issue 4, December 2019, Pages: 106-111
Received: Apr. 26, 2019; Accepted: May 27, 2019; Published: Dec. 25, 2019
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Jelena Alfejeva, Law Faculty, Economic and Culture University, Riga, Latvia
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The provisions of the law of the Latvian Republic related to health care are not on basis on competition law, offering it as public services only. On the other hand, health insurance provided by private insurance undertakings covers significant part of health care services and mostly used by state entities and municipalities. The private health insurance ensures also a significant part of medical expenses for individuals. At the same time, the European Union regime for the non-life insurance including health insurance (in a number of directives and regulations) limits the ability of Member States of the European Union to intervene in insurance conditions and prices, except for schemes of a social security. These conditions reflects the necessity of compliance between compulsory insurance coverage in the health insurance if it has been created (Latvia still has no it) and bringing of the risk to private insurance undertakings that characterizes the increasing importance of health insurance the Latvian Republic as part of the policy mix. There is also opportunity for Latvia to apply some mentioned policy mix to problems of funding and guaranteeing the provision of health care. However, it is still difficult to find the necessary balance for two mentioned parts of the main process.
Health Insurance, Competition Law, State Aid
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Jelena Alfejeva, Health Insurance in Latvia - Public Services and Private Undertakings, International Journal of Sustainable Development Research. Vol. 5, No. 4, 2019, pp. 106-111. doi: 10.11648/j.ijsdr.20190504.13
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