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Diagnostics and therapeutic procedures in 2017

26 OCTOBER 2018

Yearly data about 2017 diagnostics and therapeutic procedures were published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database. Radiology data are available also by Hospital Masterplan hospitals.

Last year, 1,178,174 computed tomography examinations were conducted in Estonian health care institutions. The number of computed tomography examinations increased 32% compared to 2016. At the same time, the number of patients examined increased by 2%.
In two years (2016 vs 2017) comparison the data about procedures on x-ray examinations and procedures decreased by 4%.

In 2017, total number of interventional radiology procedures (biopsies, punctures, radiofrequency ablation and angiography) increased by 8% compared to 2016.

The absolute number of laboratory analyses have steadily increased over the last three years, as well as per 100 patients, especially in immunological analyses – in 2014, when 34 analyses were done per 100 patients, then in 2017 immune analyses were already carried out on every second patient.

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Medical devices, 2017

21 OCTOBER 2019

2017 data about medical devices is released in Health Statistics and Health Research Database.

At the end of the year 2017, 24 CT scanners, 18 MRI scanners, 3 gamma cameras, incl 2 SPECT machines, 11 angiography equipment, 4 lithotripsy equipment, 3 PET scanners, 7 radiotherapy equipment, 15 mammography units, 148 haemodialysis machines, 5 barotherapy chambers, 191 anaesthetic machines and 342 medical ventilators were in use in Estonian hospitals and other health care providers.

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Outpatient and home visits, 2017

24 JANUARY 2019

The number of physicians' and nurses' outpatient visits for 2017 is published in Health Statistics and Health Research Database.

The total number of physicians’ and nurses’ outpatient visits decreased by 5% compared to 2016. At the same time the number of home visits decreased by 10%, and it was due to decline of family doctors. They made 11% (nearly 3,700) less home visits than year before.

The number of independent outpatient and home visits of nurses has increased by 0.1% and 3% respectively. Two-thirds of the outpatient visits was made by family nurses and the most of home visits was made by home nurses. The number of midwives’ outpatient visits increased also by 5%.

News published 26.10.2018.

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Dental visits and work, 2017

26 OCTOBER 2018

Data about dental visits and work in 2017 is published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database.
Last year, nearly 1.98 million dentists' visits were made, which is 5.2% more than the year before. The average rate of dentists' visits per capita was 1.5 (in 2016 the rate was 1.4).

79% of dental care visits are dentists' visits. The number of dental care visits has increased by 4.2%. In total, 1.01 million teeth were treated, which is 2.2% less than previous year.

In 2017, the growth in orthodontic and dental hygienists’ visits continued. The use of both services increased significantly – more than 15%. In 2017, total of 170,000 visits were made to orthodontists. There were almost equally orthodontic visits for adults and for children – 51% of all orthodontic visits were made by adults and 49% by children. 27,500 orthodontic appliances were installed, which is 41% more than previous year. The large increase in installed orthodontic appliances is justified by the updating of the Health Insurance Funds' list of health care services – in 2017, the list of diagnoses for under the age of 19 was expanded covered by medical insurance for the payment of orthodontic treatment and several new un-removable orthodontic appliances were also added to the list.

In 2017, there was more than 23,000 visits to dental hygienists. When in 2016 the number of children’s visits was around one fifth, then in 2017 the percentage of children’s visits decreased back to level of 2015, amounting 13%.

Comparing the number of equivalent employment by these occupations in November 2016 and 2017, for orthodontists, this has not changed significantly, but the number of equivalent employment of dental hygienists increased from 14 to 20. At the same time, the number of clinics that offers orthodontic treatment increased also by 6% in 2017.

An increase continued for the number of placed dental implants. In total 10,583 implants were placed, which is more than a one fifth more than year before.

The number of prosthetic visits increased by 9% and the number of patients who got the prostheses increased by 12%. There were no major changes in prosthetic treatment over the past two years.

The total number of dental X-rays didn’t increase significantly – nearly 300,0000 dental X-rays were made and it showed 2.1% increase compared to the year 2016.

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Health care personnel's wages, March 2018

17 OCTOBER 2018

2018 data for gross hourly wages and gross monthly wages of health care personnel were published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database.

The hourly wages of health care personnel were significantly higher in March 2018 compared to the previous year, average growth was 10-20 percent. The last time such a big growth happened, was five years ago.

Average gross hourly wage of full- and part-time physicians without premiums was 13.66 euros, and it increased by 13.5% compared to 2017. Dentists hourly wage increased by 19.2% to 18.49 euros. The hourly wage (without premiums) of nurses and caring personnel was 6.69 and 3.90 euros respectively, and growth was accordingly by 12.7% and 10.2%.
Average gross hourly wage (with premiums) of physicians working full- and part-time was 15.32 euros and of dentists 19.34 euros, growth compared to 2017 was 14.9% and 18.4% respectively. The hourly wage (with premiums) of nurses was 7.48 euros, and it had increased by 15.5% and caring personnel wage was 4.53 euros, and it had increased by 14.2%.
According to the health care personnel wage agreement the minimum hourly wage of physicians was 10.53 euros in March 2018, for specialist physicians 10.90 euros. The minimum hourly wage for specialist physicians applies to a doctor registered as a specialist physician and who provides specialized medical care, general medical care or an emergency medical care. The minimum hourly wage for a physician applies for a person who is working in the position requiring the qualification of a doctor (assistant physicians, general practitioners, resident physicians). The minimum hourly wage for nurses, midwives and other health care support specialists was 6.03 euros, for ambulance technicians 5,13, for emergency care technicians 5,43 and for caring personnel 3.70 euros.
Although for the majority of health care personnel the hourly wages exceed the value that is set in the wage agreement, and compared to the last year, the number of under wage agreement paid positions have been decreased, there are still workers whose remuneration was lower. There were 12% of specialist physicians, 9% of nurses and 2% of caring personnel who earned lower wage than the agreement sets. Nearly half of specialist physicians, whose earnings was lower than the minimum wage, worked in family doctor offices. It should be taken into account that in private sector there is a possibility to take out dividends and by that way receive additional income.
The increase in the average monthly wage was lower compared to hourly wages growth. This is due to the number of regular working hour in March –there were 184 regular working hours in 2017 and 168 in 2018. Full-time physicians’ average gross monthly wage together with all additional remunerations was 2696 euros, for nurses 1354 and for caring personnel 853 euros, increased within a year by 6.3%, 8.4% and 7.4% respectively.

Even though the wage of Estonian health care personnel increased rapidly within a year, it doesn’t reach the wage of Finnish health care personnel. According to the Statistics Finland, the average monthly gross wage for physicians was 6874 and for nurses 2942 euros.

The Estonian state average monthly wage in the first quarter was 1242 euros, which is 7.7% higher compared to previous year. The average wage of physicians is 2.2 times higher than the state average. The wage of nurses is 9% higher than the state average wage and caring personnel wage formed 69% of the state average.

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