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Surgical procedures 2018

10 OCTOBER 2019

In 2018, surgery was done for 74,000 inpatient care and 61,100 day care patients in Estonia. Compared to the previous year, there were 7.6% more people operated in day care and almost 2% more in inpatient care, according to surgical procedures data released today by the National Institute for Health Development (NIHD).

The main reason for the increase in day surgery procedures was the increased funding of the Estonian Health Insurance Fund for cataract. Day surgery for children (0-14 years), in turn, declined (4%) according to health statistics, mainly due to reduced oral and pharyngeal procedures.

Inpatient and day surgery are still provided in all counties, with most patients operated in central and regional hospitals (89% of inpatient and 68% of day care). Emergency abdominal surgery was performed in 2018 in all counties except Jõgeva County.

In inpatient care, the most frequent were musculoskeletal and digestive system surgeries, in day care eye and female genital organs operations.

View inpatient, day and outpatient surgery data published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database. There is also a table KP15 including Health Information System surgery data. Selected surgical statistics for the Hospital Network Development Plan hospitals are published here (tables HH071–HH074). Operating room information is available here.



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.



Injuries 2018

09 DECEMBER 2019

156 655 people needed treatment due to injuries in 2018. according to the published data

Due to injuries, 12% of the Estonian population needed health care, i.e. 14 men and 10 women per 100 inhabitants. The main cause of injury was the same as previous years – falls, which occurred in 42% of cases. 



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.