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Life expectancy and healthy life years, 2017


Men live healthy 74% by average of their lifetime (54.5 years) and women 72% (59 years) among those who was born in 2017. Healthy life years have grown by 3 and half months compared with data of 2016. The proportion of time lived with health-related limitations affecting daily activities for Estonian men was 19.2 years and for women 23.3 years. 

Statistics Estonia data about life expectancy and healthy life years in 2017 has added to Health Statistics and Health Research Database under subject "Population" -> Life expectancy and Healthy life years.



Cancer screening programme statistics, 2017


In 2017, 55.9% of women attended mammography screening, who were invited to breast cancer screening programme. The coverage by examination was even lower among those, who were invited to cervical cancer or colorectal cancer screening – 50.7% and 36% respectively, according to data of National Institute for Health Development.

Estonian Cancer Screening Registry's 2017 data about cancer screening programme target population and coverage by examination is published in Health Statistics and Health Research Database.



Births and abortions 2017

12 JUNE 2018

Births and abortions statistics 2017 is published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database.



The use of infertility treatment in Estonia is increasing again and largely due to the patient’s own funding

18 JULY 2018

Estonian State Agency of Medicines data shows that 2863 assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycle procedures took place in 2017. Compared with 2016, it has increased by 5%. Over the past three years (2014–2016), the number of ART cycles decreased. However, the level of 2013, when there were 3097 ART cycles, has not been achieved yet. Data is available at health statistics and health research database.

Infertility treatment increased most – about by one third - in age group 41 and older. Almost half of the ART cycles were performed for age group 34 and younger. However, compared to 2016, the number of ART cycles in this age group has decreased by 2%.

The most – about by one third – increased use of IUI method. In IUI sperm is placed directly in the woman’s womb with a special catheter. IUI is performed for male infertility or for female factor infertility due to cervical issues. The costs of this method is not covered by state.

Most common used ART method was ICSI – 36% of all ART cycles were performed using ICSI method. ICSI method is used in case of sever male infertility. Another popular method was FET – 33% of all ART cycles were performed using FET method.

In previous years most commonly two embryos were transferred during one procedure. In 2017 this trend changed and the most common was the single embryo transplantation. Therefor the number of transferred embryos and zygotes decreased about 8% compared to 2016.

Last year the fertility treatment increased, but national spending on that declined. Th artificial insemination related cost formed 1.398 million euros total, which was tenth less than in 2016.

In 2016 with clinical pregnancy ended 803 artificial inseminations, which is 29% of performed ART cycles.

In 2017, 430 children was born via artificial insemination in Estonia according to Estonian Medical Birth Registry. Which is 61 children more than in 2016 and it accounts 3% of all live births.



Geriatric assessment service availability descended

12 JUNE 2018

Data of 2017 geriatric assessments have been published in database.

In 2017, the service was provided by four hospitals. During last six years, the number of geriatric assessment service providers declined by almost three times. Therefore the service availability descended and the number of geriatric assessments decreased by 15% compared to 2016 (553 to 468).

Geriatric assessment refers to evaluating the overall health, functional and social condition of grown up individuals with multiple coping disorders together with implementing a tailored service plan by a team of specialists consisting of a physician (specially trained to provide help for geriatric patients), nurse, social worker and other specialists (if required). Persons are assessed on a regular evaluating basis (i.e. persons assessed several times in a given year are evaluated on multiple occasions).