30 OCTOBER 2017
Data about Health care expenditure 2016 is published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database.
Health care expenditure as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) was 6.7%.
24 OCTOBER 2017
Data about new cases of diseases and external causes of injuries in 2016 were published in the Health Statistics and Health Research database.
Overall, 2.45 million new cases of diseases (excluding malignant neoplasms) were registered in Estonia last year. Children’s (0–14 years) cases accounted for one-quarter of all new cases.
The diseases of the respiratory system were most common in both children and adults (15 years and older). The diseases of the respiratory system accounted for 40% of all the new cases of diseases of children. These were followed by certain infectious and parasitic diseases (15%), injuries, poisoning and certain other consequences of external causes (8%), and diseases of the ear and mastoid process (7%).
In adults, the diseases of the respiratory system accounted for 17% of all the new cases of diseases. The next most common blocks of diagnosis for men were diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (15%), and injuries and poisonings (12%). Women had more diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue, and diseases of the genitourinary system (13% and 11% from all new cases of diseases, respectively).
In 2016, slightly more than 184 100 external causes for injuries and poisonings were registered. The main reason for injuries was falling (46% of children’s and 43% of adults’ injuries).
24 OCTOBER 2017
Data about dental visits and work in 2016 is published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database.
Last year, 1.5 million dental care visits were made in Estonia and more than 1.03 million teeth were treated. Compared to previous year, there was no remarkable change in the number of dental visits. At the same time, the number of patients who visited dentist increased by 1.2% and the number of treated teeth decreased by 2%. The average rate of dental care visits per capita was 1.1 and it has not changed significantly since the year 2009.
There was also no significant change in the number of prosthetic visits, but the number of patients who got the prostheses increased by 2%.
There has been a significant growth in orthodontic visits, which increased by 10%. In 2016, total of 147,000 visits were made to orthodontists. For the second year row, there were more orthodontic visits for adults than for children – 52% of all orthodontic visits were made by adults. The number of patients who visited orthodontists increased by almost a one-fifth – 45,003 persons visited orthodontist and about 20,000 orthodontic appliances were installed, which is 15% more than in previous year. The number of clinics that offers orthodontic treatment increased also by 6% in 2016.
The number of placed dental implants increased by 17% compared to previous year.
In 2016, there was 20,388 visits to dental hygienists, which is 12% more than the year before and about one-fifth were children’s visits.
In 2016, the number of dental X-rays was about 290,000 and it showed 2.8% increase compared to the year 2015.
24 OCTOBER 2017
The number of physicians and nurses outpatient visits for 2016 is published in Health Statistics and Health Research Database.
The number of physicians' outpatient visits decreased by 1.6% in 2016 compared to 2015. Paediatricians', vascular surgeons’ and rehabilitation physicians’ visits decreased the most, 11%, 8% and 7% respectively. Family doctors made 1.5% less visits and dentists made 1% more visits than in 2015.
The number of physicians' home visits is decreasing continuously. In 2016, physicians made 7% less home visits than in 2015. The family doctors made 2,600 (7%) and oncologists 500 (9%) home visits less than in previous year.
The physicians in Estonia made about 10 million outpatient visits in 2016 (visits and home visits total). The average number of visits per physician was 2,100 in 2016. However, family doctors made more than 5,100 visits on average, and the dentists about 2,200 visits.
The number of independent outpatient and home visits of nurses has increased in 2016 compared to previous year, 16% and 13% respectively. The average number of independent visits per one nurse was 368, including 294 outpatient and 73 home visits.
In Estonia, the average number of physicians' outpatient visits per one person was 8, with 3.2 visits to family doctor and 1.4 visits to dentist.
18 OCTOBER 2017
2017 data for gross hourly wages and gross monthly wages of health care personnelwere published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database.
Average gross monthly wage of health care personnel increased, but the growth wasn´t so high as in previous year.
Average gross monthly wage of full-time physicians together with all additional remunerations was 2537 euros, and increased by 2.7% compared to 2016. The monthly wage of nurses remained at the level of 2016: 1249 euros. Average wage of caring personnel was 794 euros, increased by 2.7% compared to previous year. Last year wage growth was significantly higher – for physicians nearly 10%, for nurses 9.1% and for caring personnel 14.6%.
At the same time, there is a clear tendency in reduction of premiums in the health care sector. Average gross hourly wage (with premiums) of physicians working full- and part-time decreased by 1.1%. Nurses and caring personnel hourly wage decreased accordingly by 3.2% and 1.9%. Average gross hourly wage of physicians was 13.33 euros in March. The hourly wage of nurses and caring personnel was 6.48 and 3.97 euros per hour respectively.
The state average monthly wage increased more than health care personnel average wage within a year. Compared to last year, the state average monthly wage increased by 5.7% and it was 3 percentage points higher than physicians wage growth. Still the average wage of physicians is 2.2 times higher than the state average wage.
In the state owned companies, the average wage of physicians is nearly one-fifth higher, for nurses by 10% and for caring personnel by 6.5% higher than the average wage of these occupations total.
Health care personnel's wages data by Hospital Masterplan hospitals are also available in database.