Lithuania

Lithuania is a high-income advanced economy with a very high Human Development Index, a very high standard of living and performs favorably in measurements of civil liberties, press freedom, internet freedom, democratic governance and peacefulness.

As World War I neared its end, Lithuania's Act of Independence was signed on 16 February 1918, declaring the founding of the modern Republic of Lithuania.

Healthcare budget

$2,8 billion

Inhabitants

2,8 million

GDP per capita

$19.089

Currency

Euro

World Ranking

GDP 77th

Lithuania healthcare

Lithuania has an excellent modern state healthcare system, funded by the government through a national health insurance scheme. All employers must register employees to the scheme, and their family members will then automatically be covered. Disadvantaged groups, such as the elderly and the long-term sick, do not have to contribute but are still covered by the scheme.

Healthcare, including emergency treatment, is free at the point of delivery, with the standard system of GP referrals for non-urgent cases. European citizens carrying the EHIC card can get free access to healthcare in Lithuania on production of their card and their passport. The standard of many local hospitals is still poor but getting better since the government prioritizes funding for health.

Pharmaceutical environment

Lithuania have signed the Joint Baltic Drug Procurement Agreement. This agreement may increase the volume of ordered medicines, thus attracting interest from more pharmaceutical companies to participate in tenders and putting manufacturers under pressure to offer discounts on pharmaceutical prices.

Todays challenges

Today Lithuania has a considerably higher number of physicians than the EU average, but also a slightly lower number of nurses compared to the EU average. Lithuania has experienced a large outflow of medical staff just like its neighboring countries, since they joined the EU in 2004. In spite of this, Lithuania has so far maintained a high number of physicians, mainly by increasing the number of graduates. The main challenges are the uneven distribution of doctors across the country with especially fewer GP’s available in rural areas, the ageing of the health workforce and emigration.

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