Legality of doctors' strike in question
Medics say they will go on strike in the middle of May to pressure the government into finding additional financing for health care. Estonian law prohibits political strikes, and work stoppages are only allowed as means to solve labor disputes. The latter does not exist as such at this time.
19.04.2017, Hanneli RudiPM
Court orders medical examination for Edgar Savisaar
The Tallinn-based Harju County court on Tuesday issued an order for Edgar Savisaar, defendant in a graft trial as part of which he has been excluded from the office of mayor of Tallinn, to undergo a forensic medical committee examination.
Hospital heads plead not guilty
Former chairman of the board of the North Estonia Regional Hospital (PERH) Tõnis Allik, head of catering Anu Vähi, head of IT Marko Kilk, and caterer P. Dussmann Eesti OÜ and its executive manager Anella Stimmer stood trial at the Harju County Court on charges of corruption yesterday.
11.04.2017, Liis VelskerPM
Long road to new papers
Transgender man Taavi (30, name changed – ed.) started the gender reassignment process in April of 2015 when he was given a referral for the genetics center by his family physician.
03.04.2017, Tiina KaukverePM
Doctors preparing for strike
The Estonian Medical Association says its members are preparing for a strike, while the association hopes the labor dispute will be solved without the need for one.
06.02.2017, Hanneli RudiPM
Former Estonian president Ilves recovering from surgery
Former Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves is recovering from surgery at the North Estonia Medical Center (PERH).
Digital registration underused
While the state is considering how to create a national digital registration center, expensive digital solutions of hospitals have not paid off. Estonians want to pick up the phone, even if put on hold for a long time, and tell the doctor what's wrong, instead of wrestling with ID-card passwords – as put by hospitals.
28.10.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Important Cancer Samples Expired
The mail service the Estonian Health Insurance Fund chose to deliver samples collected in a colorectal cancer screening turned out to be too slow. Family doctors, who have drawn the ire of patients, demand explanation from the fund.
02.09.2016, Heilika LeinusPM
Editorial: do kick into gear, Mr Ossinovski
The deficit in Health Insurance Fund is shocking and shows the politicians are in a bigger hurry with systemic changes than we were guessing. Also, the state budget hole is likely to be deeper than envisioned.
Erring doctors deprived of right to work in Finland
During the past three years in Finland, 21 doctors from territory of former Soviet Union have been deprived of right to practice as physicians or subjected to restrictions. Of these, lion's share have passed their medical exams in Estonia.
25.04.2016, Hanneli RudiPM
Methadone – best option for poor Estonia
Methadone might be the only thing drug addicts and policemen agree about – both are critical regarding the distribution of it to addicts. As psychiatrist says it's not the substance that is a problem, rather its African style handouts.
03.03.2016, Madis VaikmaaPM
Address by those closest to deceased woman with child
Relatives of the deceased woman and child forwarded complaints towards hospital and emergency medical care to Estonian TV's «Eyewitness» accusing the medical workers in lack of concern and compassion.
Underneath, read parts of the address:
Editorial: do not judge vaccination according to rumours
That a midwife happened to be among those infected by measles who afterwards came in contact with a total of about 40 colleagues and patients is bad coincidence indeed. Imagine the worries and tensions in the expecting mothers now called in to be examined. We wish them that all be well and result to analysis be swift in coming.
Lack of money has major hospital acting as old folks home
As in the second half of this year East-Tallinn Central Hospital (ITK) is short of the money to offer nursing services, they have opted to use part of the beds as «retirement home».
18.11.2015, Hanneli RudiPM
Slow pace of healtcare takes toll on patients
Fresh OECD report says Estonian healthcare cannot keep pace with growing needs of people, as evidenced in payments percentage by patients approaching the critical limit.
05.11.2015, Siiri LiivaPM
Border guard shoots himself in police station, dies in hospital
At 3:25 pm yesterday, a senior border guard official of Haapsalu police station shot himself while Police and Border Guard (PPA) internal audit presented him suspicion in offence against a person. Fatally injured, the man afterwards died in hospital.
17.09.2015, Georgi BeltadzeE24
Google toetab pagulasi 11 miljoni dollari suuruse heategevuskampaaniaga
Google alustas heategevuskampaaniaga, mille eesmärgiks on pagulastega tegelevatele mittetulundusorganisatsioonidele 11 miljoni dollari kogumine, kirjutab Reuters.
Editorial: family doc, show up!
The search must promptly begin for family doctors for a needy Estonia. Where will they come from? Master key goes lacking in Master's thesis by Pille Saar, an expert, while various worthy versions have been tabled for discussions.
Turkish hospital bill awaiting government verdict
For a family of four, and end-of-April trip to Turkey ended with father's illness and a mega hospital bill, the compensation of which hangs on decision by Estonian government.
03.08.2015, Siiri LiivaPM
The lone Hiiumaa gynaecologist quits
Come September, the Isle of Hiiumaa will be missing a permanent on-location practising gynaecologist, with outlook looming of no births possible at Kärdla Hospital.
17.06.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Friend says Savisaar recovering rapidly
Peep Podder, director of the Jogeva hospital and a close friend of Edgar Savisaar, has said the leader of the Center Party and mayor of Tallinn is recovering rapidly from the illness that left him in a critical condition for weeks as a result of infection with a meat-eating bacteria.
Inmate in race with time to save foot
Falsely diagnosed, after years of treatment a crook is found to suffer of a disease totally different. The prison in which he cannot be helped wants to set the man free but the court says no.
06.04.2015, Risto BerendsonPM
Effective cure evasive due to random responsibility
A World Bank analysis ordered by Estonian Health Insurance Fund says we lack integrated approach to patients – due to ailing cooperation between family doctors and medical specialists, treatment is often insufficient; once home after being hospitalised, people with acute disease conditions may be left alone with their troubles.
25.03.2015, Marina LohkPM
Doctors take tough decision
At 10 o’clock yesterday morning, six physicians convened to Tartu University Hospital intensive care unit to discuss action regarding Centre Party chairman and mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar under constant anaesthesia since early Thursday morning last week, his right leg under attack by flesh-eating bacteria.
24.03.2015, Priit PulleritsPM
Doctors amputate Savisaar's leg above knee
Doctors at Tartu University Hospital have amputated one leg of Estonian Center Party leader Edgar Savisaar above knee.
Editorial: injuries claiming Estonian lives
In 2013, we had 147,790 injured people treated by doctors in Estonia. Due to various injuries, 958 perished. A glance at European statistics shows the picture as among the saddest on the continent. Especially so with men.
Doctors in difficulty detecting domestic violence
As shown by poll by Estonian Institute for Open Society and University of Tartu, majority of family physicians and gynaecologists, as well as midwives, have run into domestic violence victims. Without proper training and a support network, however, they often fail to help.
22.10.2014, Marina LohkPM
Estonian health sector workers accept conciliator's pay proposal
The Estonian Medical Association, the Estonian Nurses Association and the Union of Estonian Healthcare Professionals have deemed acceptable a compromise proposal by public conciliator Henn Parn as regards the pay components of health care workers for 2015.
Editorial: patience runs out
When unwilling or unable to decide, somebody may do it for you... on their own conditions, and by their best tricks. Looks a bit like that with the hospitals network, in Estonia. Politicians have shied away from decisions on small hospitals, and now the two regional centre chiefs have grabbed the wheel. It’s the big vs the big, grabbing for market share.
Doctors demand better pay
Collective agreement talks between medical workers and Hospitals Association are getting tough as the association deems demands by doctors to be Utopian.
01.09.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Facelift for hospital
North-Estonian Regional Hospital (PERH) staff says work conditions now top those in Finland.
29.08.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
Editorial: aim at health of mother and child
Is home birth risky? Riskier, definitely, as compared to Estonia’s well-equipped hospitals... The argument of most home births being a success is certainly irrelevant.
Editorial: rise in responsibility boosts personal health
A couple of weeks ago, Postimees published an opinion article by health expert Ain Aaviksoo on changes needed in Estonian healthcare system. One thing Mr Aaviksoo pointed out was importance of personal responsibility: health damaged through years of bad behaviour will not be fixed by a brief visit to doctor’s, or some days spent at a hospital.
Suspects shun showdown with doping doc
Committee called to investigate claims by Vitali Bernatski thinks Estonia does have other doping dealing doctors.
04.06.2014, Peep PahvPM
Doctors treat smart device as daily tool
At a slight swipe of finger, the iPad shows a graph of blood test results. Moments later, the doctor promptly orders a vital research while recording her decision in the digital health file... while sitting at the hospital café. Thanks to IT-chief, this is daily routine for standby doctors at a large Estonian hospital.
02.06.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
E-health equals endless clicking
When will patients finally be delivered from the yoke of phone-calls to get to see a doctor? When will pan-Estonian digi-registration kick into gear? No-one dares to say.
02.06.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Editorial: food chain options of Estonian health care
A Health Board investigation was launched regarding Pärnu Hospital after finding out that, due to language problems with a doctor from Russia, a patient’s health was endangered during anaesthesia. Thanks to intervention by other doctors, the no complications occurred. Even so, a glaring problem was laid bare in our health care.
Number of Finnish doctors working in Estonia grown - newspaper
The number of Finnish doctors who are working in Estonia has multiplied compared to the beginning of the century, Finnish newspaper Karjalainen reports.
Doctors also leaving wealthy countries
Estonia is not alone in its problem of physician migration. Doctors are also leaving wealthier countries like Germany and UK. However, while these nations find replacements from Poland and Estonia, for instance, no one shifts jobs from West to East.
03.06.2013, Tiina KaukverePM
Forecast on Estonia: doctors aging, nurses seeking other jobs
In case of an especially dark scenario, number of doctors may drop from 4,500 to 2,500, in 20 years – already now every 7th active physician is in retirement age, bound to quit at any moment. At the same time, amount of doctors fresh from university staying to work in Estonia comes below that of those reaching retirement.
24.05.2013, Anneli Ammas