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Release Calendar 2019

01 OCTOBER 2018

The health statistics release calendar 2019 is now available. Here you can find the dates, when health data and analyzes will be published.



Health care providers, 2017


Data about health care providers by type of owner and legal form, and also dental care providers and treatment possibilities by county in 2017 were published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database. Data is available in database tables TTO10, TTO11, TTO40 and TTO60.

There were 1440 independent health care providers at the end of 2017 in Estonia, including 53 hospitals, 452 family doctor's offices, 488 dental care providers, 305 specialist health care providers and 142 other health care providers. In 2017, 74 independent health care providers started and 41 completed their activities. Compared to previous year (2016) 16 specialist care, 9 dental care and 8 nursing care providers has added, but the number of family doctor’s offices has decreased by 7.

Table TTO40 shows data about dental care providers. There were 542 dental care providers at the end of 2017, of which 488 were independent dental care providers. Compared to 2016, the number of dental care providers increased by 9. 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. About 40% of all dental care providers are located in Tallinn and about one tenth in Tartu.

96% of clinics offer only dental care, it means that 4% of dental care clinics are specialized solely in prosthetic treatment, orthodontic treatment or x-ray examinations. Prosthetic services offered 68%, orthodontic 10%, endodontic 92%, parodontic 69%, dental surgery procedures 42% and x-ray examinations 78% of the dental care providers in 2017.

Database table TTO60 shows data about health care providers in e-health system. By 2017, 1416 health care providers have joined with the e-health system which makes up 98% 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 72 and the total number is 1091 providers.



Incidence of newborns, 2017


According to the data from Medical Birth Registry, 13,630 live births were in 2017. Of those, 3,843 were born with an illness. It means that nearly one third of newborns are diagnosed with an illness. Data about incidence of newborns are available here.

Similarly to previous years, most of the illnesses diagnosed belonged to the group 'other newborn diseases', followed by disorders related to short gestation and low birth weight, and congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities.

Estonian Causes of Death Registry registered 45 stillbirths in 2017. Major cause of stillbirths was intrauterine hypoxia. Data about stillbirths are published here.



Infant breastfeeding, 2017


In Estonia, 64% of three months and 23% of six months old infants were exclusively breastfed* in 2017. Both indicators have decreased year-by-year. Compared to 2016, the indicator of three months old infants who were exclusively breastfed decreased by 1.4% and for the indicator of six months old infants decreased by 3.5% and it is almost one fifth lower than five years ago.

Over the last five years, the percentage of infants who were exclusively or partially breastfed increased in Lääne, Võru, Põlva and Valga county, and decreasing in Jõgeva and Lääne-Viru counties.

Globally, rates of infants less than six months of age who were exclusively breastfed are 41%. The rates of breastfeeding are far lower than is needed to optimally protect the health of women and their children and the global target rate is 70% by the year of 2030. World Health Organization (WHO) recommend that exclusive breastfeeding be initiated within one hour of birth up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.

Data about exclusive and partial breastfeeding in Estonia is published at Health Statistics and Health Research Database, tables SR90 and SR91.

* Fully breastfed infants – infants who are fed exclusively with breast milk (incl pumped breast milk). Additionally, they may get vitamins and medicaments, but not tea, water, juice, infant formulas or anything else what would replace meal.



Mental and behavioural disorders were diagnosed more than a year earlier


In 2017, the number of diagnoses of mental and behavioural disorders increased 2% compared to 2016.

According to the data collected from psychiatric service providers, 101,720 persons were consulted for the first time or repeatedly by psychiatrists in 2017. There were a quarter more women than men among the psychiatrists’ patients, but twice as many boys as girls.

93,056 persons were diagnosed with a mental or behavioural disorder, of which 27,050 were new cases, i.e. 5% more than in 2016. In recent years the number of persons directed to hospital treatment has been decreasing and there were percentage less hospitalized persons than a year earlier. The average duration of hospital treatment was 18 days as in the last few years.

The most frequently diagnosed mental and behavioural disorders are neurotic and stress-related disorders, and mood disorders (including depression). In 2017 these diagnoses were registered accordingly in 25% and 21% of cases. A third of new cases were diagnosed as neurotic and stress-related disorder: the incidence rates were almost 6 cases per 1000 men and 8 cases per 1000 women. As for women, the second most frequent diagnosis group of new cases was mood (affective) disorders — almost 6 cases per 1000 women. The second frequent mental and behavioural disorder for men was due to use of psychoactive substance (alcohol, narcotic substances), from which a fifth of men consulted by a psychiatrist suffered. There were almost four times more men than women with such a diagnosis with more than 4 first-time cases per 1000 men registered. In 2017, 69% of the mental and behavioural disorders due to psychoactive substance were due to use of alcohol and 15% due to use of opioids.

The statistics on mental and behavioural disorders in 2017 has been published in the Health Statistics and Health Research Database of National Institute for Health Development. The data is accessible under the database topics "Morbidity" -> "Mental and behavioural disorders".