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Acute myocardial infarction morbidity, 2017

28 NOVEMBER 2018

Statistics about acute myocardial infarction morbidity, hospitalized patients, also patients' risk factors and treatment quality indicators of 2017 is available in database. The data source is Estonian Myocardial Infarction Registry.



Health care providers’ revenues, costs and fixed assets 2017

21 NOVEMBER 2018

Data on health care providers’ revenues, costs and fixed assets in 2017 were published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database. Data is available also by Hospital Master Plan hospitals.

The main economic indicators of health care providers improved in 2017 compared to 2016. The health care providers’ revenues amounted to 1.2 billion euros, which is 9% more than a year earlier. Funding from the Estonian Health Insurance Fund comprises the largest share, namely 67% of all the health care providers’ revenues in 2017. The revenues from individuals were 18% larger than in 2016 mostly due to payments for services of dental care providers. The increase in total revenue outpaced the increase in costs, therefore the health care providers closed the financial year with a positive result. The net gain of health care providers in 2017 was almost 65 million euros. The hospitals generated the largest gain (25 million euros) which is 2.5 times more than a year earlier. 14% of health care providers ended the year with loss. The investments in fixed assets amounted to more than 56 million euros. Of investments 43% were investments in machinery and equipment, most of which in medical devices.



Household health expenditure is increasing faster than public health expenditure

30 OCTOBER 2018

Estonian households’ health expenditure increased by 12% in last year, which is nearly twice as fast as public health expenditure growth, according to the statistics released today by the National Institute for Health Development.

Estonian health expenditure in 2017 was 1.52 billion euros. The growth was 7.6% in comparison with the previous year, public expenditure increased by 6.4% and household expenses by 12%. Growth in real terms was only 1.5%. The share of health expenditure in gross domestic product dropped to level 6.4% as in 2015.

The share of public sector in health expenditure was 75%. By financing schemes, the share of compulsory health insurance was 64% and the share of central government was 9%, the share of households amounted 24%. In 2016, the share of health insurance was 65%, households 23%, and central government 9%.

Public sector contribution to health expenditure increased by 68 million euros in a year, including a compulsory health insurance component of 61 million. Household expenditure increased by 37.7 million euros. The growth in absolute values in the public sector was similar to the last year growth, but the increase in household expenditure was significantly higher. Half of the increase in household expenditure in 2017 was due to the increase of dental care costs, a quarter of medical goods. The main services of households’ cost groups are: 31% for dental care, 20% for prescription drugs, 15% for over-the-counter medicines and 11% for outpatient specialist care.

There was no change in the breakdown of public sector expenditure by services. 60% of public health expenditure was made for active care, including 30% for inpatient care and 27% for outpatient care. Next major groups in public sector were ancillary services 15% and medical goods 14%.

Health expenditure statistics by financing schemes, revenues of financing schemes, services and providers are published in the Health statistics and research database.
The analysis will be published at the end of December 2018. Gross fixed capital formation in health system in 2017 will be released in spring 2019.




Drug treatment, 2017

07 NOVEMBER 2018

Data for drug treatment in 2017 were published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database.

Drug treatment database is anonymous national database which collects the case-based data of the drug treatment patients. The database was established in 2008. Database contains the data of patients treatment, substances, socio-economic status and riskbehaviour.

Data of Drug treatment database from recent years should be taken with reservations because due to outdated IT-system which have caused several interruptions on database work. That has decreased the number of data providers and due to that the number of records. Besides that, unpersonalized data has not high enough data quality and efficiency to motivate providing data. That has resulted with less records year by year. In coming years there are plans to personalize Drug treatment database and upgrade the IT-system of the database. That will increase the data quality and hopefully raises the interest to providing the data by treatment centres.



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.