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Mental and behavioural disorders, 2018

20 JUNE 2019

The number of people with mental and behavioural disorders consulted and cured by psychiatrists in 2018 has been published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database.

In 2018, there were 2% more outpatient visits to psychiatrist among adults and 4% less outpatient visits to psychiatrist among children (up to 14 years old) than year before.
Statistical data collected from psychiatric service providers shows that in 2018 nearly 103,600 people turned to psychiatrist outpatient appointment, i.e on average every 13th person in Estonia. Over 90% of them were 15 or older.

The most frequent diagnoses were neurotic, stress-related and somatoform disorders and mood disorders in 2018, occurring respectively in 25% and 22% of cases. These disorders are more common for women, occurring two times frequently than for men. The most common diagnosis for men was mental and behavioural disorders due to psychoactive substance use, which were reported nearly four times more than for women. Of the mental and behavioural disorders due to psychoactive substance use, 74% were caused by the use of alcohol and 13% by the use of opioids.



Estonian health care personnel 2018

17 JUNE 2019

National Institute for Health Development has published Estonian health care personnel statistics for 2018 in Health Statistics and Health Research Database.
Data on health care personnel, Hospital Masterplan hospitals and health care providers can be found in the database part „Health care resources and their use“, by choosing the links „Health care personnel“, „Hospital Masterplan hospitals“ and „Health care providers“, respectively.



The use of health care services in European countries by Estonian insured patients has increased, but the treatment of foreigners in Estonia remain at the same level

23 MAY 2019

In 2018, health care providers from other European countries submitted invoices to the Estonian Health Insurance Fund for the health services of Estonian insured persons or Estonian pensioners and workers temporarily staying there for nearly 10 million euros, which is nearly 40% more than a year earlier. The number of Estonian patients in other European countries has been the highest in Finland, followed by Germany.
Overall, people insured in Estonia received treatment in 30 European countries. While health care services were the most widely used in Germany in 2015 and 2016, then in 2017 and 2018 the majority of medical bills came from Finland.
The data exclude data provided under scheduled treatment or directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare, which, in addition to the 10 million mentioned above, represent about another 10 million euros.
In turn, nearly 7,000 insured people from European countries used Estonian health care services per year, and this size has remained stable over the past four years. The people who were insured in Finland received the most treatment in Estonia – there were over 4,000 of them.
The data are published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database of the National Institute for Health Development.

See the vizualized data here of treatment cases of insured people in Estonia from European countries.



Last year, more children were born in Estonia

12 JUNE 2019

According to the data of the Estonian Medical Pregnancy Information System of the National Institute for Health Development in 2018, a total of 14,281 children were born in Estonia, which is 606 more than year before. The number of abortion performed according to a woman's request decreased.

Data for births and abortions are published in health statistics and health research database.



Causes of death 2018

27 MAY 2019

According to the National Institute for Health Development's Causes of Death Register, 15,606 deaths were in Estonia last year, of which more than half were caused by diseases of circlatory system, followed by malignant neoplasms, injuries and poisoning.

Although the number of deaths increased by 164 compared to previous year, then the standardized mortality rate per 100,000 people decreased.
Of all the deaths, 7957 were caused by diseases of the circulatory system (3154 men and 4803 women). A year earlier it was 8005 people. The most common were ischaemic heart disease and hypertension, and cerebrovascular diseases.
The causes of death were followed by malignant neoplasms (3900 people). The most common was lung cancer.
821 people died due to injuries, traumas and poisoning, including 614 men and 207 women.
The number of deaths caused by the use of drugs decreased from 110 to 39 compared to 2017. The main reasons for the decline were the decrease in the availability of fentanyl in the Estonian drug market in 2018, the availability of the social program SÜTIK (socialization of addicts with the support) and the naloxone programme.
A total of 495 people died last year due to illnesses directly related to alcohol, including 113 women and 382 men, the most among people of 45–70 years old. A year before, 451 people died from alcohol abuse and intoxication.

Data is published in health statistics and health research database.