24 February 2018
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Arūnas Sakalauskas invited 1095 people to lie down in the Vilnius cathedral square for every suicide made last year.
Photo: Ieva Budzeikaitė

Lithuania’s State owned medical field is ineffective, tarnished by corruption

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Audrius Simaitis

VilNews invites you to participate in a discussion about Lithuania’s health care system.
Introduction by Audrius Simaitis,
Consultant Cardiologist at Royal Cornwall Hospital, UK.

One of the things that strikes one the most in Lithuania is the fact that management’s mentality in the health care system has undergone little change since Soviet times. This is out of proportion in comparison with other fields like education and business.

Any outsider would immediately ask: why?
The answer most probably could be found comparing the State owned medical field with the predominantly private sector of odontology.

The State owned medical field is ineffective, tarnished by corruption. National and European surveys reveal the public in general is significantly dissatisfied. Physicians are happy neither with salary levels nor with working conditions. The emigration rates of the doctors are increasingly in worrying proportions.

To read more and comment, go to Section 3 – CHAT AND DICUSS!


Category : Health & wellbeing

When can Lithuania expect a real health care reform?

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For almost 20 years patients and doctors in Lithuania have been waiting for a major shift in the governmental attitude towards health care and, even more importantly, a well-designed and considered reform to address the inherited Soviet-style problems. The government and health care leaders kept saying: give us money and we will reform our health care.

A lot has been given through various international funds. Nothing major has happened. Quite the contrary. Most of the latest health care statistics show that the situation is unchanged or is becoming even worse.


Category : Health & wellbeing

Want to visit Vilnius in a wheelchair? Not always so easy…

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Unfortunately, Vilnius does not rank high on any list of wheelchair accessible cities. We rarely see any wheelchair users in the city. When we do, they are invariably manual wheelchairs. We have yet to see a power wheelchair or a mobility scooter in Vilnius.


Category : Health & wellbeing

The best doctor in Vilnius?

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Having worked in the Pharmaceutical industry for over 15 years, I have seen and gotten to know more doctors than most. I know that there are many doctors who are good at treating the disease but not so good at treating the patient. There are other doctors who are very good with patients, but are sometimes lacking in their medical skills. To find a doctor who is good at both is unfortuately rare.

I have a found a doctor who is not only good at both, he is perhaps the best doctor I have ever met. His name is Dr Cervin.


Category : Health & wellbeing


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    • Comments to our articles about suicide in Lithuania
      VilNews articles on this topic:


      Only a few kill themselves for rational reasons

      Dr. Boris Vytautas Bakunas

      By: Dr. Boris Vytautas Bakunas, M. A., M. Ed., Ph. D.

      "The vast majority of people who commit suicide are severely depressed. Only a few kill themselves for rational reasons such as avoiding the final stages of an extremely painful and fatal illness. Depression may be triggered by adverse events, but they are not the direct cause of most depressions. Many people face extreme adversity without succumbing to depression.

      As a vast amount of empirical research has shown, the belief systems that people hold have a profound effect on their moods. People who suffer from depression generally believe several of the following things : (a) their lives are terrible, (b) they are guilty for having brought on the bad conditions they face, (c) they are powerless to change their lives, and (d) their lives will never improve. When you're depressed you tell yourself that a horrible tragedy has struck your life, you are worthless and overwhelmed by the difficulties you face, and since there is nothing you can do to solve your problems, your life is not worth living.
      Read more…

      Bipolar Manic Depressive Disorder can be beaten

      Ray Tyler

      Suicidal thoughts occur when pain coping resources are exceeded by pain. This comment (or variations on it) occurs regularly if a search on suicide is made on the internet. The comment is so common that it could almost be accepted as a definition of suicidal thoughts.

      If it is accepted as a definition of suicidal thoughts it immediately high-lights two immediate ways of reducing the chances of suicide.
      Reduce the person's pain or increase that person's coping ability. In many cases even knowing that they are being listened to can achieve this result.
      Read more…

      Ray Tyler

      It's time to seriously consider Lithuania’s high suicide rate

      Marina Farrell

      It's time to seriously consider the high suicide rate of Lithuania. Recent news of another in Vilnius as well as being described as an epidemic has brought world-wide concern, especially to those who have close ties to Lithuanians.

      Here's a video from an ad campaign by popular singer Andrius Mamontovas from a couple years ago, who has put forth great efforts to prevent suicide in Lithuania.

      Marina Farrell,
      Denver, Colorado, USA

      To learn more, go to Marina’s website “I love Lithuania” ...for fans, friends & all who love Lithuania”. She runs this fantastic site from her hometown Denver!


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