More about the Right to Health Protection

Section 111 of the Constitution
Articles 25 and 28 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Article 12 of the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Culture Rights
Articles 11 and 13 of European Social Charter
The Pharmacy Law
The Law on Medical Treatment
The Law on Epidemiological Safety
The Law on Sexual and Reproductive Health
Cabinet Regulations No 899 of 31 October 2006 Concerning the Procedure for Compensation of the Costs of Medicine Preparations and Medicine Devices Intended for Outpatient Treatment, etc.

The right to health protection is secured in Latvia through cooperation of Governmental and municipal institutions, non-governmental organizations and other legal and natural entities. The duty of the State to take steps for securing of health protection is closely related to economical possibilities of the State. Such steps include provision of available medicinal services, promotion of healthy life-style, establishing hygiene standards applicable to food, etc.

The Constitution Court has also pointed out that the State has to abstain from any actions that restrict the possibilities of each individual to take care for protection of their health: according to Section 111 of the Constitution, each individual has the right to take steps within certain limits which they finds necessary to provide their own health.