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Are there any particular health concerns? What is the quality of available medical care? What medical conditions typically require medical evacuation?

Medical care is good and fairly cheap. There is no American doctor or direct-hire health practitioner, but there is an EFM nurse in the health unit. Local doctors are good and generally US/Canadian/EU trained, most speak good English. Dental care is cheap and of good quality. - Jul 24, 2017
Tick encephalitis is a concern, but this can be prevented with a series of vaccines given by the Health Unit. The overall quality of medical care, in my experience, is excellent. I had an MRI at a state-of-the-art orthopaedic clinic and have visited the dentist for routine care, as well as a filling, and both experiences exceeded my expectations. The Embassy Health Unit is great and can provide assistance with small issues, such as prescribing some medications and drawing blood, and can refer one to other facilities for more serious issues. Pharmacies are plentiful and well-stocked throughout Riga. - Sep 21, 2016
The medical care is tragically bad. Medevac for anything worse than a hangnail. - Jul 11, 2010
Medical care is readily available in Riga, but I would hesitate to call it quality. For births or serious injuries or health matters embassy personnel usually get sent to western europe. - Aug 23, 2008