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.