In a report on the state of cardiology and cardiac healthcare services, the World Health Organisation praised Lithuania for making progress in improving its cardiac care.

To read this article, try a €5.99 monthly subscription by clicking here.
WHO uses Lithuania's progress in cardiac care as example for other countries
© DELFI / Valdas Kopūstas

“Long wait times to see specialists. Poor coordination between family doctors and hospitals. Duplicated tests. And some of the highest rates of heart disease-related death in Europe. They were some of the challenges facing Lithuania 20 years ago,” the report reads.

“Health officials concluded that many of the problems patients experienced in getting the care they needed stemmed from the way services were organized and provided,” the report continued. “Specialist cardiology centres were overstaffed while regional hospitals were understaffed, particularly in rural areas. As a result, patients typically sought out specialists, even for routine matters, cutting primary care providers out of their traditional roles as first contact providers and treatment coordinators.”

The report detailed the changes Lithuanian doctors made to their healthcare system and cardiology system in particular, which included creating a coordinating programme “to break down the hospital-centric delivery of care and the inequality of service between urban and rural areas.”

The new system, which is detailed in the report, boosted care provider availability by 45% “with the biggest increase at secondary-level health care facilities outside the capital city of Vilnius.” It also led to a drop in Heart attack and stroke mortality.

“The change has been dramatic,” said Prof. Aleksandras Laucevičius at Vilnius University's Santariškės Clinic. “Integrating services, from cardiovascular prevention to advanced treatment, as well as from the primary care level to specialized secondary and tertiary level , means people are getting the services they need in less time, with improved results.”

Now, the WHO is using Lithuania as an example for other countries.

|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

Head of opera theater estimates quarantine losses

Lithuania's National Opera and Ballet Theater has probably lost one million euros because of the...

Director Kaupinis wins German film festival's best director award

Lithuanian film director Karolis Kaupinis won the best director award for his debut feature, Nova...

Bishops permit public Masses on Sundays

Roman Catholic churches in Lithuania will be able to celebrate Masses with congregations on all...

Mission Siberia 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic

Mission Siberia , an expedition organized annually to tend to graves of Lithuanian deportees and...

Lockdown fashion: Facemask Fashion Week kicks off in Vilnius

Despite the ongoing lockdown introduced in Lithuania due to the coronavirus pandemic, the...

Top news

Lockdown extended until June 16

Lithuania’s government on Wednesday extended the coronavirus lockdown until June 16.

Special Investigation Service names biggest threat in country

Systemic corruption is the most dangerous and its initiators pose the biggest threat as experience...

Lithuania to renew flights to more German cities and Netherlands

On 27 May Lithuanian government has allowed renewing more flights to Germany and the Netherlands .

Lithuania appoints its new EU permanent representative

The Seimas of Lithuania has appointed Ruta Baneviciute as its new permanent representative to the...

8 new coronavirus cases

On Tuesday, 8 new coronavirus cases were detected in Lithuania. Since the outbreak of the pandemic,...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina