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Estonia spends too little on health care

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Health care spending in Estonia is significantly lower than the average in the OECD countries, writes LETA/Postimees Online.

Estonia only spends 6.3% of its GDP on health care costs while the average among OECD members states is 9.5%, is revealed by the organisation’s 2012 health care sector overview. Only Mexico and Turkey spent proportionately less than Estonia for health care.

According to the organization, spending on health care increases together with the increase in wealth and the countries, with higher GDP, also have greater health care spending. For example, the United States spent 17.6% of their GDP on health care, the Netherlands 12% and France 11.6%.

Estonia’s GDP is also that much smaller from the point of view of purchasing power. Estonia’s GDP per capita is estimated at around 1030 Euros, while the OECD average in 2012 was 2600 Euros.

In the year-on-year comparison, Estonia’s health care spending grew by an average of 6.9% between 2000 and 2009. In 2010 however, it suffered a severe decline of 7.3%. Health care spending also fell in several other OECD member state in 2010.

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Medical news from the Baltic states

Friday, January 27th, 2012


BALTIC COUNTRIES COULD ORGANIZE JOINT PROCUREMENT OF MEDICATIONS AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

Saeima Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee approved in principle amendments to the Public Procurement Law, so the Baltic countries could jointly organize procurement of medications and medical equipment.

This joint procurement procedure will make it possible for the Baltic countries to buy medications and medical equipment at lower prices, thereby saving state budget funds. The committee’s bill has been submitted to parliament, with the committee requesting that the bill be reviewed as soon as possible.

 

ESTONIA SPENT LESS ON HEALTHCARE IN 2010

 

According to the Estonian Health Development Institute (HDI) health statistics department, the total share of healthcare spending in the state’s GDP fell to 6.3% in 2010 being 908.1 million Euros in current prices.

As compared to 2009, it was a 0.7% fall. It was caused by general fall of healthcare spending and 3.4% growth of GDP. Since 1999, when statistical data collection on Estonia’s healthcare total spending was launched, till 2008, the total spending grew each year but since 2009, a fall took place.

The initial data on 2011 healthcare spending will be revealed in December 2012.

 

40% OF ESTONIA’S PATIENTS WATI MORE THAT A MONTH TO VISIT A MEDICAL DOCTOR!

 

In Estonia, 28% of the patients have to wait a week to call on a medical doctor, 31% have to wait eight days to a month, and 39% have to wait longer than a month to see the doctor, reports the Estonian news portal ERR, referring to a governmental study.

During the economic recession, queues for appointments with specialized physicians got significantly longer, concluded a government poll. Around 12% of respondents said they visited a private health care clinic because lines in the public care system were so long, and the quality of medical treatment is better in the private sector.

Also, since 2009, visits with dentists, nurses, and specialists have been on the decline, mainly because of economic hardship, according to the poll.

 

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http://www.baltic-course.com/eng/markets_and_companies/?doc=51771

http://www.baltic-course.com/eng/markets_and_companies/?doc=51326

http://www.baltic-course.com/eng/markets_and_companies/?doc=51419