|Medical 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 - percent of rural population improved||88.9%|
|Drinking Water Source - percent of total population unimproved||4.1%|
|Drinking Water Source - percent 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 - percent of total population unimproved||5.7%|
|Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved||98.7%|
|Sanitation Facitlity Access - percent of rural population improved||85.4%|
|Major Infectious Diseases - degree of risk||intermediate|
|Vectorborne Disease (s)||tickborne encephalitis|
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