SORAINEN Latvia has given pro bono advice to the Hepatitis Society (in Latvian – Hepatīta biedrība), a public non-profit organisation established to bring together people infected with the hepatitis C virus, their relatives, medical personnel and others, so that they can solve medical, social, financial, educational and other problems caused by the illness. The advice concerns the collection of signatures for a petition asking the Cabinet of Ministers to amend Regulations No. 899, “Procedures for the Reimbursement of Expenditures for Acquisition of Medicinal Products and Medicinal Devices Intended for Out-patient Medical Treatment”. The changes would stipulate that the state will reimburse the full cost for all medicines and equipment needed to treat hepatitis, including alternative medicinal products that may significantly increase the efficiency of treatment.
The purpose of the association's initiative is to stop the spread of hepatitis C in Latvia, by offering treatment free of charge to people infected, thus allowing them to go back to work and have a family, as well as removing the need for patients to emigrate to countries where treatment is free.
Senior associate Ieva Andersone consulted the Hepatitis Society on options for organising a public petition and on aspects of personal data protection.
To sign the petition (in Latvian), please click here.
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