The Latvian Hospital Association
LHA (Latvijas Slimnīcu biedrība) is the Latvian member of HOSPEEM. It was created in 1997 and operates in the health care and hospital sector. The organisation represents 40 hospitals at four levels, i.e. university hospitals, regional hospitals, local hospitals and day care hospitals. At internation level, LHA strongly cooperates with HOSPEEM, HOPE, the International Hospitals Federation and with hospital organisations of the other Baltic states. At national level, LHA participates in the tripartite social dialogue and in the sectoral social dialogue, whilst locally it carries out collective bargaining at hospital level. LHA is at the forefront in advocating for more resources for the healthcare system in Latvia, where the government spending on healthcare as a share of GDP is still just around 3%.