Unforeseen medical treatment
Nacionālais veselības dienests (National Health Service)
Tel: +371 67043700
Treatment, coverage & costs
- You will be charged a standard fee for seeing a doctor. Children under 18 and pregnant women, receiving treatment relating to their pregnancy, as well as several patient groups according to certain diagnosis, are not charged.
- If you need to see a specialist, you will need a referral from a doctor, usually your general practitioner.
- You do not need a referral to see a gynaecologist, an ophthalmologist, a children's surgeon, a pediatrician, a psychiatrist, an addiction specialist, a phthysiopneumonologist (lung doctor specialising in tuberculosis), a dermatovenerologist (skin doctor specialising in sexually transmitted diseases), an endocrinologist, an oncologist if you are suffering from certain diseases.
- The standard fee is non-refundable in Latvia, but you can always seek reimbursement once you return home.
- Dental treatment is not covered, except for children up to 18 years old, who receive free treatment.
- You will be charged a standard fee for in-patient treatment, starting with the second day staying in the hospital.
- There are no patient fees for children under 18, for cases related to pregnancy and childbirth, for dialysis and some other specific treatments (certain infectious diseases, mentally ill persons etc).
- There are additional charges applied for diagnostic examinations (treatment provided during a hospital stay) for CT examinations and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
- In addition to the patient's contribution, the medical institution may charge a co-payment for the surgical procedure done in the operating room.
- These payments are non-refundable in Latvia, but you can always seek reimbursement once you return home.
- Medicines are partly covered if prescribed by a doctor. The amounts that you must pay are non-refundable in Latvia, but you can always seek reimbursement once you return home.
- Ambulance services are free of charge if sent by the 113 service.
- The same rules apply as for the ambulance.
- Latvia does not operate a reimbursement system. You should only be charged the amount of your own contribution.
- If the healthcare provider does not have a contract with the National Health Service you cannot use your European Health Insurance Card. You will be charged as a private patient. These charges are not refundable in Latvia.
- If you have to pay for care, contact your national health insurance provider once you return home to seek reimbursement.
- Out-patient examinations by a general practitioner (GP) - €1.42.
- Specialist examinations are charged between €4.27 and €35.57.
- The fee for in-patient treatment is €10.00 per day starting from the second day of hospitalisation.
- The fee for in-patient treatment in a nurse hospital or nurse care unit is €7.11 from the second day of hospitalisation.
- Reduced fees are applied to patients with certain diagnoses.
- Additional diagnostic examinations are charged between €14.23 and €35.57.
- In addition to the patient's contribution the medical institution may charge a co-payment of no more than €31.00 per hospitalisation time in the operating room.
Dialysis, oxygen & chemotherapy
- Chronic hemodialysis, haemodiafiltration and peritoneal dialysis are free of charge with a referral from a specialist.
- Oxygen therapy expenses are not covered by National Health Service.
- Chemotherapy is free of charge with a referral from an oncologist.
Loss of card
Contacts for holders of EHICs issued in Latvia
Nacionālais veselības dienests
Tel: +371 67043700