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Diagnostics and therapeutic procedures 2018

23 OCTOBER 2019

Annual data about 2018 diagnostics and therapeutic procedures were published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database. Radiology examinations data is available also by Hospital Network Development Plan hospitals.

X-rays were performed 850,778 times last year, which is 1% less than in 2017. In 2018, to 37,660 patients 60,565 interventional radiology procedures (biopsies, punctures, radiofrequency ablation, and angiography) were done, which is 9% more than in 2017. The absolute number of functional diagnostics increased by 1.8% compared to 2017. Functional diagnostics were performed 3% more in specialist health care provider and family doctor's offices and 2% more in hospitals than in the previous year. The number of rehabilitation procedures has decreased by 2% over the last two years. The absolute number and coefficient of laboratory analyses have steadily increased over the last four years.

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Medical devices 2018

22 OCTOBER 2019

2018’ data about medical devices is published in Health Statistics and Health Research Database. The devices’ data by Hospital Network Development Plan hospitals is also revealed here.

At the end of the year 2018, 25 CT scanners, 18 MRI scanners, 3 gamma cameras, including 2 SPECT machines, 11 angiography equipment, 3 lithotripsy equipment, 3 PET scanners, 7 radiotherapy equipment, 14 mammography units, 145 haemodialysis machines, 5 barotherapy chambers, 193 anaesthetic machines and 350 medical ventilators were in use in Estonian hospitals and other health care providers.

The machine park has increased by 1 CT scanner, 2 anaesthetic machines and 8 medical ventilators, and decreased by 1 lithotripsy equipment, 1 mammography unit and 3 haemodialysis machines compared to 2017.

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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.

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Health care personnel's wages, March 2019

16 OCTOBER 2019

2019 data for gross hourly and gross monthly wages of health care personnel is published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database.

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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.

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