Latvia has long been a popular medical tourism destination. By the end of the 18th century, an extensive network of spa treatment institutions had been established in Latvia. Many scientific research laboratories were also in operation. At the start of the 20th century, the number of medical tourists visiting Latvia had reached 60,000−70,000 a year.
Demand for qualified medics in Latvia has always been high, which is why medical education is also at a high level. Professional knowledge has significantly aided the development of medicine in Latvia. Nowadays, Latvia’s clinics are high level treatment institutions, where quality diagnostic and treatment services are ensured by a combination of the professional knowledge of our doctors and state-of-the-art equipment, cutting edge technology and high safety and quality standards. Here, services are received by patients from both Latvia and abroad.
Every year, Latvia is visited by several tens of thousands of medical tourists from Scandinavia, Russia, Western Europe and other countries. The country’s beautiful environment, convenient transport options and outstanding educational opportunities also attract budding doctors from various countries around the world, who are undertaking their medical studies in Latvia.
Internal medicine is one of the broadest fields of healthcare and spans several sub-branches of medicine. The goal of the field is general diagnostics and treatment of internal illnesses. Invasive methods are not used in internal medicine diagnosis or treatment. The internist/therapist assesses the patient’s health overall, further tracking the consequences of internal organ diseases and specifying a treatment plan for them. A specialist will help to treat both acute and chronic illnesses. For prophylactic purposes, one of the therapist’s tasks is to offer consultations on a healthy lifestyle and nutrition, as well as to recommend the best prophylactic health methods.
THE TIME TO VISIT AN INTERNIST/THERAPIST
A therapist is the initial point of contact on the path of treatment to resolve the patient’s health problems. A significant first step is a gentle examination of the patient. A visit to a therapist is required in cases where there patient:
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT WHEN VISITING AN INTERNIST/THERAPIST
The cornerstone of a therapist’s check-up is studying the patient’s anamnesis. It includes the patient’s personal recollection of the course of the illness observed, his everyday activities and subjective feelings related to his health problems.
In order to objectively clarify the conclusions drawn, and thorough examination of the patient will be conducted including palpation, knocking and listening. To obtain further data, specialised check-ups may be recommended using various diagnostic methods. A thorough examination of the patient with the help of modern technology and laboratory analyses is crucial to making the most accurate and successful diagnosis possible. If additional check-ups or consultations from specialist doctors or specialists are required, the therapist will issue the relevant referrals to clarify or ascertain the diagnosis.
For a clear and unequivocal diagnosis, appropriate treatment can be provided using state-of-the-art methods. The patient should not that a referral from a family doctor and check-up will help other medical specialists to draw up a more accurate and individually tailored programme in regard to the treatment of any illness. In most cases, a visit to a family doctor is the first step in the process of treating complicated illnesses, which will help to choose specialists in the right fields and the most valuable diagnostic methods to find a solution for the restoration of the patient’s health.
CHECK-UP PROGRAMME OFFER
By individually assessing each patient’s state of health, anamnesis and complaints, the therapist can offer the patient the option to undergo a complex health examination programme or check-up programme. A check-up always begins with a consultation from a therapist and usually the most appropriate choice of check-up programme is revealed during the first visit.
Check-ups can be carried out in a single location within 1-3 days, with no queues and in accordance with a carefully planned schedule. Alternatively, screening programmes are available – accelerated specialised diagnostics within the space of a few hours with 2-4 manipulations. Given the rapid rhythm of contemporary life, patients are offered general health examinations or check-up programmes, which include a complete examination of the person’s state of health in the shortest possible space of time without no need for a stay in hospital. If any deviations from the norm are discovered during a check-up – additional check-ups will be recommended.
The check-up programme is ideally suited for active, progressively-minded but busy and occupied people for whom time and quality are of utmost importance, because all health checks can be organised as part of an efficiently organised process.
|Initial consultation from an internist/family doctor||from EUR 35|
|Repeated consultation from an internist/family doctor||from EUR 30|
|Extended consultation from an internist/family doctor||from EUR 75|
|Extended repeated consultation from an internist/family doctor||from EUR 45|
|Basic check-up programme||from EUR 180|
|Expanded check-up||from EUR 1,042|
Individual diagnostic steps will vary from patient to patient and the detailed schedule for a visit will be determined by each patient’s requirements and state of health. In choosing to perform diagnostics in collaboration with internists or therapists at Latvia’s clinics, the patient can primarily reckon with the development of a close relationship electronically followed by a visit to Latvia lasting several days.
General treatment steps are as follows:
The duration of the patient’s visit to Latvia will depend on the required examinations or the content of the chosen check-up programme.