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 committeeâ€™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 stateâ€™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 Estoniaâ€™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 ESTONIAâ€™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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