OECD Reviews of Health Systems: Lithuania 2018

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Published on May 25, 2018

The report analyses the performance of Lithuania’s health system which has been long characterised by its institutional stability and the steady pursuit of a policy agenda aimed at adapting it to the evolving burden of disease. Today, even if total spending on health is low and out-of-pocket payments represent nearly a third of it, the system ensures fairly equitable access to care. The main challenge to the system is that health outcomes still place Lithuania among the lowest ranked in the OECD. Efforts need to be geared more systematically towards strengthening public health and improving the quality of the services delivered at primary and hospital care levels.


Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Assessment and recommendations
Overview of Lithuania's health care needs and health care system
Health care system in Lithuania: Access and sustainability
Health care system in Lithuania: Efficiency and quality
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  • The report will be launched during the international conference "Effectiveness and Sustainability of the Lithuanian Health System" held on 25 May 2018 in Vilnius, Lithuania. The conference is jointly organised by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania and the Lithuanian Health Forum.
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PRESS RELEASE & Assessment and Recommendations


Lithuania’s health system is modern and financially sustainable, but delivering health gains will require additional efforts targeting quality and efficiency improvements. Many of the deaths which occur before the age of 65 in Lithuania could have been avoided altogether though better prevention or are due to diseases that could be better treated to avoid fatal outcomes.


Figure 1.13 p.45 of the report: "Lithuania has one of the highest rates of avoidable (amenable and preventable) mortality in Europe."
Source of the data: Eurostat Database (standardised death rates per 100 000 population, 2014).




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