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Minister: EU funds in healthcare are not used efficiently enough

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The country’s healthcare sector should work harder to use the available EU funding without asking for more of taxpayers’ money, said Latvian Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola during a meeting of the National Council for Trilateral Cooperation.

The minister said EU finances are not used efficiently by the healthcare sector. This is why Reizniece-Ozola recommends healthcare representatives to address this matter. «It would be better to use resources already available to the sector than to ask for more of taxpayers’ money,» she said.

After the meeting, the minister told journalists that the total funding available for healthcare in the current EU fund planning period is EUR 144 million. In the 2021-2024 planning period, on the other hand, funding will amount to more than EUR 130 million.

EU finances for healthcare are available in several fields – from health-improvement activities to infrastructure projects. Reizniece-Ozola mentioned that EU funds are used the most for large hospital infrastructure projects at the moment. The situation is worse with smaller hospitals.

The Finance Minister believes EU funding, municipal money diverted to healthcare and hospitals’ earned profits should be combined into funding for healthcare.

«No one is talking about the fact that healthcare has an abundance of resources that we do not even consider. Without including those resources, we cannot assess the total funding volume available to the industry,» says Reirzniece-Ozola.

Next year, funding for healthcare will reach EUR 1.014 billion.


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