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Abortions 2019

11 JUNE 2020

The 2019 statistics from Estonian Abortion Registry is published in the Health Statistics and Health Research database.



The Health Statistics and Health Research Database got an updated look and a better search function

09 JUNE 2020

The National Institute for Health Development introduced a newer version of the database (available in Estonian and English) when publishing health statistics – the database with the updated design retained the current structure, but the search function and overall stability got improved. The implementation of the new version is necessary to ensure that the data is always available.

The statistics is gathered from the medical registers of the institute, health statistics collected from health care providers, health behaviour surveys and other institutions that process health-related data. The new version of the database contains all the data that was available in the previous one.
The database already contains 1724 tables, which gives an overview of Estonian health sector and people’s health status. The data are grouped by areas:

  • population,
  • morbidity,
  • use of health services and reasons for treatment,
  • health resources and their use,
  • health and health behaviour,
  • statistics on medicines,
  • data for health profiles, and
  • statistics on Estonian National Health Information System.

The search now works over the database – previously it was only topic-based, which hindered finding of the needed data. There are two ways to find the data you want, either by browsing the structure of the database tree and finding a topic of interest, or by entering a search term or the code of a specific table into the search box. In order for the search, it is recommended to add an asterisk at the end of the abbreviated search term (e.g. alco*, which finds keywords as alcohol, alcoholic, etc).

As before, the database allows to compile data tables, to organise the data between rows and columns as needed and to download them in a suitable format. In addition to tables, you can create various graphs and save them. The data in the database is machine readable (API capability).
The release calendar informs about the release times of new statistics. The data of new cases of malignant neoplasms has the longest time series currently – data have been published since 1968. The most recent topic in the database is the harm reduction service’ statistics that was released in January, and new data will be added every quarter.



The use of health care services by Estonians in Europe and the treatment of foreigners in Estonia decreased to some extent in 2019

26 MAY 2020

In 2019, health care providers from other European countries submitted bills for nearly 8.6 million euros to the Estonian Health Insurance Fund (EHIF) for the health care services of Estonian insured persons or Estonian pensioners and workers temporarily staying in the country. This amount was 14% less than in 2018. In this way, the medical bills were paid for more than 7,500 Estonian people a year (in 2018 it was over 8,700).

In the same time, more than 6,300 insured people from European countries used Estonian health care services, which was one tenth less than in 2018.

The EHIF's 2019 statistics on the use of health care services by Estonian insured persons in European countries and on the treatment of foreigners in Estonia were added to the Health Statistics and Health Research Database. It is worth noting that the statistics presented here do not include data provided under scheduled treatment or the "Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the application of patients' rights in cross-border healthcare".



Estonian health care personnel, Nov 2019

05 JUNE 2020

There were a total of 24,740 health care workers in Estonia in November 2019, and their number has grown by an average of 2 percent per year since 2013. The number of family nurses has grown steadily over the past five years, according to the newly published data of the National Institute for Health Development.

In 2019, there were 3.5 physicians and 6.2 nurses per thousand inhabitants in Estonia, i.e. an average of 1.8 nurses per one physician. "In comparison with European countries, we are close to average in terms of number of physicians and among the countries where there are significantly fewer nurses than average in terms of nurses," explained Katrin Tomson, an analyst at the Department of Health Statistics.

4603 physicians worked last year in Estonia and it has grown by an average of 0.6% per year over the last five years. The average age of physicians, 51 years, has not changed.

The data of health care workers can be found in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database in the section “Health care resources and their use”, by selecting the link “Health care personnel”. The data of the hospitals of the Hospital Network Development Plan can be found under the link “Hospital Network Development Plan hospitals” and the data of health care institutions can be found under the link “Health care providers”.



The number of deaths continues to decline

25 MAY 2020

According to the Estonian Causes of Death Registry in the National Institute for Health Development, there were 15,198 deaths in Estonia last year, which is 408 less than a year earlier. The standardised mortality rate per 100,000 population decreased from 1,179 to 1,125.

Slightly over half of all deaths – 7,678 – were caused by diseases of the circulatory system, including 3,040 men and 4,638 women. The following causes of death were malignant neoplasms, in which 3,804 people died last year, and injuries and poisonings, which resulted in 786 deaths – 560 men and 226 women.

Data on causes of death are published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database. Statistics by people's last place of residence will be published in the near future.