The aim of the Treatment Risk Fund is to provide opportunities for the patient to protect their rights and receive help outside court more accessibly and quicker. For healthcare professionals, in their turn, it is an opportunity to protect themselves against the risks related to their professional activity and its possible consequences.
Financial resources are paid into the Treatment Risk Fund by medical institutions against the invoice issued by the National Health Service. A special formula is used to calculate the risk amount payable by each medical institution, based on the number of employees in the medical institution and the distribution of these healthcare professionals across the risk groups.
The compensation to the patient will be paid from 1 May 2014 for damage suffered after 25 October 2013.
When is it possible to receive compensation?
The patient is entitled to:
The patient shall be entitled to a compensation for the damage to their health or life regardless of:
The maximum amount of the compensation shall be EUR 142 290 for the damage to the patient's life or health (including moral damage) as well as a compensation for the patient's medical expenses in the amount of such expenses, but not exceeding EUR 7114,36 (until 1 January 2014) or EUR 28460 (for the patient's treatment expenses necessary to eliminate the consequences of the damage if the damage has been suffered after 1 January 2014).
Where to apply for the compensation?
To require a compensation from the Treatment Risk Fund, the patient should submit an application to the National Health Service at Cēsu iela 31, k-3, Entrance 6, 4th floor, LV-1012. (The application may also be submitted electronically if it bears a secure electronic signature). The patient shall provide the information required in the form (sample application form).
The applicant shall enclose the following with the application:
What is the timeline for the evaluation of the application?
The patient's claim for a compensation for the damage to their life or health or for a compensation for their medical expenses shall be processed and the decision shall be carried within six months of the submission of the application to the Treatment Risk Fund. In case additional information is to be requested, gathered and evaluated, the timeline for the evaluation of the medical expenses and the carrying of the decision is extended by up to 12 months.
What is the process for the evaluation of the application?
National Health Service
31 Cēsu Street, 6th entrance
Riga, Latvia, LV-1012
Contact point: +37167045005