What is healthcare in Lithuania like?

Facilities and Health Information:

Medical care in Lithuania has improved, but medical facilities do not always meet Western standards. There are a few private clinics with medical supplies and services that nearly equal Western European or U.S. standards. Most medical supplies are now widely available, including disposable needles, anesthetics, antibiotics, and other pharmaceuticals; however, hospitals and clinics still suffer from a lack of equipment and resources. Lithuania has highly trained medical professionals, some of whom speak English, but their availability is decreasing as they leave for employment opportunities abroad. Depending on a patient’s condition, an appointment with a specialist may not be available for several weeks. Western-quality dental care can be obtained in major cities. Elderly travelers who require medical care may face difficulties. Most pharmaceuticals sold in Lithuania are from Europe; travelers will not necessarily find the same brands that they use in the United States. Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation can cost thousands of dollars or more. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services, particularly if immigration status in Lithuania is unclear.

Tick-borne encephalitis and Lyme disease are widespread throughout the country. Those intending to visit parks or forested areas in Lithuania are urged to speak with their health care practitioners about immunization. Rabies is also increasingly prevalent in rural areas.

Drinking Water Source - % of rural population improved"

88.9%

Drinking Water Source - % of total population unimproved:

4.1%

Drinking Water Source - % of urban population improved:

99.3%

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:

0.1%

Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population:

6.8

People Living with HIV/AIDS:

1,200

Sanitation Facility Access - % of total population unimproved:

5.7%

Sanitation Facility Access - % of urban population improved:

98.7%

Sanitation Facitlity Access - % of rural population improved:

85.4%

Infectious Diseases - degree of risk:

intermediate

Vectorborne Disease (s):

tickborne encephalitis

Disability Access In Lithuania

Accessibility:

While in Lithuania, individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different from what is found in the United States. Lithuania’sLaw on Equal Treatment prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities, although it does not specify what kind of disabilities. It mandates access to buildings for persons with disabilities;however, according to 2010 data from the Department of Statistics, only 40.1 percent of housing was accessible.

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