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Outpatient and home visits 2018

23 OCTOBER 2019

The number of physicians' and nurses' outpatient visits for 2018 is published in Health Statistics and Health Research Database.

The total number of physicians’ outpatient visits decreased by 3.8 percent and number of nurses’ outpatient visits increased by the same amount compared to 2017.

Over 10 million physicians’ and nurses’ outpatient and home visits registered in 2018. Compared to previous year, the number of visits decreased by 1.9 percent, in absolute numbers it is nearly 200,000 visits less.

7.4 million physicians’ and 2.6 million nurses’ outpatient visits were registered, which are 3.8 percent less for physicians and 5.8 percent more for nurses compared to previous year. The number of family physicians’ outpatient visits decreased by 5.8 percent and for the other specialist physicians (gynaecologist, orthopaedist, etc.) it decreased by 1.8 percent.

The number of nurses’ independent outpatient visits increased by 5.8 percent compared to 2017. Two third of nurses’ independent outpatient visits were made by family nurses. 5.7 percent (nearly 80,000 visits) more family nurses’ and 6.5 percent (30,775 visits) more other profession nurses’ (general, rehabilitation, etc.) independent outpatient visits were registered than for 2017. Midwives made almost 7,000 (4.5 percent) more independent outpatient visits.

The number of physicians’ home visits decreased by 12.6 percent and number of nurses’ home visits decreased by 3.8 percent in 2018 compared to 2017. While the number of physicians’ home visits has decreased year by year, then the number of nurses’ home visits decreased for the second time. The last decrease took place in 2009. A total of 31,659 physicians’ home visits was registered, the majority (83 percent) of these were family physicians’ home visits. 505,932 nurses’ home visits were registered, most (95 percent) of these were home nurses’ visits.

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Diagnostics and therapeutic procedures 2018

23 OCTOBER 2019

Annual data about 2018 diagnostics and therapeutic procedures were published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database. Radiology examinations data is available also by Hospital Network Development Plan hospitals.

X-rays were performed 850,778 times last year, which is 1% less than in 2017. In 2018, to 37,660 patients 60,565 interventional radiology procedures (biopsies, punctures, radiofrequency ablation, and angiography) were done, which is 9% more than in 2017. The absolute number of functional diagnostics increased by 1.8% compared to 2017. Functional diagnostics were performed 3% more in specialist health care provider and family doctor's offices and 2% more in hospitals than in the previous year. The number of rehabilitation procedures has decreased by 2% over the last two years. The absolute number and coefficient of laboratory analyses have steadily increased over the last four years.

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Health care personnel's wages, March 2019

16 OCTOBER 2019

2019 data for gross hourly and gross monthly wages of health care personnel is published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database.

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Medical devices 2018

22 OCTOBER 2019

2018’ data about medical devices is published in Health Statistics and Health Research Database. The devices’ data by Hospital Network Development Plan hospitals is also revealed here.

At the end of the year 2018, 25 CT scanners, 18 MRI scanners, 3 gamma cameras, including 2 SPECT machines, 11 angiography equipment, 3 lithotripsy equipment, 3 PET scanners, 7 radiotherapy equipment, 14 mammography units, 145 haemodialysis machines, 5 barotherapy chambers, 193 anaesthetic machines and 350 medical ventilators were in use in Estonian hospitals and other health care providers.

The machine park has increased by 1 CT scanner, 2 anaesthetic machines and 8 medical ventilators, and decreased by 1 lithotripsy equipment, 1 mammography unit and 3 haemodialysis machines compared to 2017.

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Surgical procedures 2018

10 OCTOBER 2019

In 2018, surgery was done for 74,000 inpatient care and 61,100 day care patients in Estonia. Compared to the previous year, there were 7.6% more people operated in day care and almost 2% more in inpatient care, according to surgical procedures data released today by the National Institute for Health Development (NIHD).

The main reason for the increase in day surgery procedures was the increased funding of the Estonian Health Insurance Fund for cataract. Day surgery for children (0-14 years), in turn, declined (4%) according to health statistics, mainly due to reduced oral and pharyngeal procedures.

Inpatient and day surgery are still provided in all counties, with most patients operated in central and regional hospitals (89% of inpatient and 68% of day care). Emergency abdominal surgery was performed in 2018 in all counties except Jõgeva County.

In inpatient care, the most frequent were musculoskeletal and digestive system surgeries, in day care eye and female genital organs operations.

View inpatient, day and outpatient surgery data published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database. There is also a table KP15 including Health Information System surgery data. Selected surgical statistics for the Hospital Network Development Plan hospitals are published here (tables HH071–HH074). Operating room information is available here.

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