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Hospital and day care discharges and hospital beds 2018

11 OCTOBER 2019

Last year, 53 hospitals provided hospital care in Estonia: 34 were acute care and 19 were nursing care hospitals. At the end of 2018, there were a total of 6,658 hospital beds, of which 1,751 were long-term nursing care beds and 282 were pediatric beds. The total number of hospital beds has fallen slightly in recent years – in 2018, hospital beds were 2.8%, nursing care beds 4.3% and pediatric beds 2.4% less than in 2017.

A total of 26,444 children (aged 0-14) and 194 042 adults were admitted to hospital, of whom 19,877 received nursing care. The number of hospitalised children and adults increased compared to 2017 (2.6% and 0.03%, respectively). The number of nursing care recipients decreased by 4.6%.

Day care was provided by a total of 59 health care institutions: 26 hospitals and 33 outpatient health care providers. The total number of day care beds was 509 – 343 in hospitals and 166 in outpatient health care providers. Compared to 2017, the number of day care beds decreased by 18%. Last year 8,328 children and 80,828 adults were in day care. Compared to 2017, the number of children (0-14 years) decreased by 3.4%, but the number of adults increased by 7.5%.

In 2018, 13% of hospital patients were children, 45% of those aged 15-64 and 42% of those aged 65 and over. The age distribution was the same as in the previous year, but over the last decade the proportion of patients aged 65 and over has increased by 8%. The main causes of hospital care are, as in the past, diseases of the circulatory system, with three-quarters of patients aged 65 and over. Children accounted for 9% of day care patients in 2018, 58% of those aged 15-64 and 32% of those aged 65 and over. The share of the older age group has increased by 4% compared to the previous year. The main cause of treatment was eye diseases.

Statistics about hospital and day care discharges and hospital beds in 2018 is published in Health Statistics and Health Research Database. Also, data about the hospitals that belong to the Hospital Network Development Plan (tables HH08, RV701, RV711) are available. Additionally, data has published about acute care hospital discharges by diagnosis, age group and patient's county according to Estonian e-health records.



Release Calendar 2020

01 OCTOBER 2019

Health Statistics Release Calendar 2020 is now available.

It includes release dates for health statistics from National Institute for Health Development and other institutes, who's data is in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database.



Incidence of newborns 2018


According to the data from Estonian Medical Birth Registry, 14,235 live births were in 2018. Of those, 4,075 were born with a health-related problem or disease.

The incidence rate of newborns per 1,000 live births is increasing year by year. In 2018, the incidence rate per 1,000 newborns was 286. A newborn baby may have multiple health related problems or conditions. The average number of diagnoses per one newborn was 2.

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Data about incidence of newborns is available here.

Data about livebirths is published here, stillbirths statistics is published here.



Health care providers 2018


Data about health care providers by type of owner and legal form, and also dental care providers and treatment possibilities by county in 2018 were published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database. Data is available in database tables TTO10, TTO11, TTO40 and TTO60.

There were 1434 independent health care providers at the end of 2018 in Estonia, including 53 hospitals, 441 family doctor's offices, 487 dental care providers, 309 specialist health care providers and 144 other health care providers. In 2018, 51 independent health care providers started and 58 completed their activities. Compared to previous year (2017) 3 specialist care providers has added, but the number of family doctor’s offices has decreased by 11.

Table TTO40 shows data about dental care providers. There were 539 dental care providers at the end of 2018, of which 487 were independent dental care providers. Compared to 2017, the number of dental care providers decreased by 3. One tenth of the dental care providers offer also other health care services beside dental care and that number has been on the same level over the past years. Just over 40% of all dental care providers are in Tallinn and about one tenth in Tartu. 99% of clinics offer dental care, it means that only 1% of dental care clinics are specialized solely in prosthetic treatment, orthodontic treatment, dental surgery procedures or x-ray examinations. In 2018, 71% of dental care providers offered prosthetic services, 11% orthodontic services, 93% endodontic services, 72% parodontic services, 49% dental surgery procedures and 80% x-ray examinations.

Database table TTO60 shows data about health care providers in e-health system. By 2018, 1414 health care providers have joined with the e-health system which makes up 98.6% of all health care providers in Estonia. Compared to the previous year the number of health care providers that has sent data to e-health increased by 16 and the total number is 1108 providers.



Life expectancy and healthy life years, 2018


According to Statistics Estonia, in 2018, life expectancy at birth was 73.9 years for males and 82.4 years for females. Life expectancy has increased for both sexes, slightly more for males. Men are expected to live disability-free for 52.8 and women for 55.6 years. Just a year ago, disability-free life expectancy for males was two years longer and for females over three years longer.

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