Estonia – a country, where the poor go to work sick
The government’s 2009 decision to cease paying compensation for the first three days of sick leave hit the hardest the low wage earners, who went to work sick – the amount of sick leave taken was suddenly halved. This emerges from the doctor’s paper Evelyn Aaviksoo recently defended in Tartu University.
08.06.2017, Nils Niitra
Uus antibiootikum aitab võidelda superbakteritega
USA teadlased töötavad aktiivselt ravimi kallal, mis aitab allutada antibiootikumide suhtes resistentseid baktereid ehk superbaktereid.
06.06.2017, Eva-Lotta Kivi
Unetud, uinuge! Loodud on nohisev voodikaaslane ja see aitab
Hollandi meditsiinitehnoloogi startup Somnox esitles möödunud nädalal Pariisis oma erakordselt leidlikku ja samas teaduslikult tõestatud võimetega voodikaaslast: inimese hingamisliigutusi ja -häält matkiv padjalaadset toodet.
06.06.2017, Aivar PauPM
Savisaar presents substantial medical history
The newest chapter in Edgar Savisaar's defense tactics comes in the form of a voluminous medical history spanning decades his team has submitted for forensic medical examination. Analyzing the history will take months, keeping Savisaar's trial on hold.
18.04.2017, Anneli AmmasPM
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
Minister Ossinovski's controversial task
People who want to change their sex in Estonia must first ask permission from the health care minister. No one can start hormone treatment and undergo sex reassignment surgery without Jevgeni Ossinovski's signature today.
03.04.2017, Tiina KaukverePM
Leading pharmaceutical company looking toward Lithuania
Estonia's largest pharmaceuticals manufacturer, generic veterinary drug maker Interchemie, has been fighting the State Agency of Medicines over sales permits for a long time and has now turned its gaze toward Lithuania.
07.02.2017, Adele JohansonN24
Olulised teemad, mida võiks enne abiellumist arutada
Rääkige! Rääkige nii palju kui võimalik enne, kui otsustate abielluda. Võib olla olete juba kaua koos olnud ja sa arvad, et sa tead oma kaaslasest kõike, aga otsus abielluda ja surmani koos olla on hoopis midagi muud.
04.01.2017, Ingrid Dreyersdorff
Video: Colorado arst nimetas Michelle Obamat ahvinäoks
USA esileedit Michelle Obamat on viimastel nädalatel mitmel korral rassistlikult rünnatud ja ta nahavärvile on viiteid tehtud.
02.12.2016, Inna-Katrin HeinPM
Seeing a doctor takes patience
How to see a specialist doctor in Estonia? First of all one has to find out how major Estonian hospitals put together their time sheets. Secondly people have to instruct their family members to work as a team and bombard the hospital's registration desk with calls when it starts work on the morning of the right day.
03.11.2016, Maria ReinikN24
Neli toiduainet, mis aitavad keskenduda
Oled ärgates unine, kuid on vaja kohe keskenduda? Fox News Health on reastanud neli toitu, mida süües on võimalik unisusest lahti murda.
28.10.2016, Karl-Kristjan JohansonN24
Kuus nippi, kuidas saada hommikuinimeseks
Kas oled vahel hommikuti mõelnud, et magaks ehk veel mõne tunni? Ärgata päiksega koos üles võib olla raske, kuid järgides neid kuut kuldreeglit, mille on üles märkinud Men's Health, saab lihtsalt hommikuid alustada.
12.10.2016, Karl-Kristjan JohansonE24
Sünnimärkide kiirtestimist pakkuv Eesti idufirma jõudis Saksamaal kiirendiprogrammi
Eesti e-tervise idufirma Dermtest võeti vastu Berliini mainekasse kiirendisse Startupbootcamp Digital Health. Kokku kandideeris programmi 516 ettevõtet 60-st maailma riigist ning Eesti ettevõte pääses kümne parima hulka.
Vanas eas seksimine mõjub meeste ja naiste tervisele erinevalt (1)
Meeste jaoks tähendas see suurenenud südamehaiguste riski, naiste puhul aga vererõhu alanemist.
06.09.2016, Riin AljasPM
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 LeinusE24
Tehnopol tahab viia tervisetehnoloogia ettevõtted India ja Uganda turgudele
Tallinna Teaduspark Tehnopol juhib koostöös Kesk-Läänemere Interregi programmiga projekti «CB Health Access» ettevõtluse edendamiseks tervisetehnoloogia valdkonnas.
Vee fluoriididega puhastamine seostati diabeedi levikuga
USA teadlane Kyle Fluegge näitas suuremahuliste matemaatiliste analüüside abil, et mõnel pool levinud vee fluorideerimine on seotud kõrgenenud diabeediohuga.
25.08.2016, Kaur MaranPM
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.
Health Insurance Fund in the red by €33m
Convening to review first half year report, Estonia's Health Insurance Fund (HIF) is facing a budget deficit of €33m. They will fill the hole from the approximately €114m reserves of HIF but if the system continues the future is bleak as the fund is predicted to run out of the money in 2020.
19.08.2016, Joosep VärkPM
Editorial: scandals come and scandals go. Ideals not so
Today, it's all eyes on Rio de Janeiro and the legendary Maracanã.
Father says son injured in Nice is doing better
Severely injured in the truck attack in the French city of Nice, Hans Joosep is still in intensive care unit at the local hospital.
Buying a bottle? Show the passport
Test buys show identity documents are only asked of every second young buyer of alcohol. Still, outcome gladdens hearts of health activists by being better then before.
14.07.2016, Hanneli Rudi
Apple iOS 10 ootel: doonorlus jõuab nutitelefonidesse
Aastaid pärast Steve Jobsi lahkumist tutvustab õunafirma loojale väga südamelähedast teemat – doonorlust, sest just tänu maksa siirdamisele suutis visionäär elada veel väärikad 20. aastat, kirjutab sinu moodi tehnoloogiaportaal Digitark.
11.07.2016, Janno DregerPM
New taxes sought to fill health insurance hole
According to analysis by work group called by social ministry Health Insurance Fund would stay in the red for upcoming years due to demographic changes. To fill the void, money might be drawn from elsewhere in the budget. And option is introducing health taxes.
Several diseases additionally spread by Estonia's ticks
Of tick-borne diseases, Estonia has basic knowledge of viral encephalitis and Borrelia. Meanwhile, a small percentage of ticks also carry several less-known yet serious diseases.
04.07.2016, Hanneli RudiPM
Editorial: hiring people with reduced work capacity is step in right direction
Unavoidably, Estonia's working age population is graying and shrinking. Some predictions say we will have a whopping 160,000 people less on labour market in just one generation.
On road towards smoke free prisons, fuelled by fruit and sudoku
This May, Estonian prisons entered a healthy living motivational programme to prepare inmates for November 1st when all prisons should be smoke free.
03.06.2016, Tiina KaukvereN24
Ülekaalulist naist Facebookis häbistanud treenerit tabas vihatorm
Austraalias tegutsev personaaltreener, kes kutsub ennast nimega Strength Sensei (ing k tugevusemeister), postitas oma Facebooki-lehele salaja tehtud foto paksust naisest, kommentaariga: «Paistab, et siin on väga palav – ta on hakanud sulama!»
24.05.2016, Dagmar LampPM
Alcohol consumption per resident declined by 7 pct in Estonia in 2015
In Estonia 13.8 liters of absolute alcohol was consumed per adult resident in 2015, 7 percent less than in the year before, the annual overview of the Estonian Institute of Economic Research shows.
Old folks getting lost looking for a hospital
Plan by Health Insurance Fund (the Haigekassa) to bring bulk of medical specialists into a couple of big centres has raised the issue of how people from afar will make it there with private transport unavailable. Social ministry tells us this will have to be settled by local governments.
20.05.2016, Heilika LeinusPM
Dangerous gas appliances claim fresh victims
Wednesday night at about 9:30 pm, Alarm Centre was notified of kids aged about 2 and 5 feeling bad at Kopli St, Northern Tallinn while they took their evening bath.
13.05.2016, Uwe GnadenteichElu
12-aastane tüdruk jooksis kogemata poolmaratoni
Ameerika Ühendriikides New Yorgis jooksis teismeline tüdruk kogemata poolmaratoni.
27.04.2016, Inna-Katrin HeinPM
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
Dozens of flights above a reactor in flames
«I went there twice,» says a most unique liquidator of the nuclear catastrophe, the Lithuanian helicopter pilot Algirdas.
25.04.2016, Risto BerendsonPM
Ukrainian gynaecologist to leave Hiiumaa
A gynaecologist from Ukraine is leaving after four months of working at Hiiumaa Hospital, not having acclimatized with the island and the islanders not acclimatizing with him. Doctors will continue to take turns and visit from mainland Estonia.
13.04.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Emergency medicine may be empowered to send patients back
Until now, emergency medicine departments have helped all who show up, even if they have to wait for hours. Now, ideas are being pondered about how to scare some off right from the door.
01.04.2016, Hanneli RudiPM
Bus driver's health fails while at wheel
Due to health failure suffered by driver, a passenger bus drove off the road at Kreutzwaldi and Gonsiori Streets intersection, Tallinn, at about 6:30 am yesterday. The sudden maneuver made three cars collide, mediates ERR news portal. Nobody was hurt in the accident, the bus driver was hospitalized.
Editorial: careless care
One day it may happen. When it turns out a loved one needs constant care and support due to age or severe illness. Such is increasingly the case thus forcing us to take an ever more serious look at aging with dignity.
Elderly stuck in wards with mentally ill and dangerous
Due to lapses in Estonian law, demented elderly and alcoholics find themselves sharing wards with aggressive and dangerous schizophrenics and the like.
01.03.2016, Martin LainePM
Address by Ambassadors of Finland, USA and UK: Estonia must get serious about its HIV epidemic
Today, Ambassadors of the Uninet Kingdon, the United States of America and Finland filed an address to Constitutional Committee of the Parliament of Estonia wherein they call upon Estonia to at long last acknowledge the spread of the HIV epidemic and to create a select committee dedicated to solving the problem.
09.02.2016, Liisa TagelPM
Restoring dental costs compensation considered
The dental treatment compensation, abolished in 2009, may resurface next year in a new form so that health insurance fund pays dentists on basis of price list. The latter prefer compensation paid to patients to maximum fees imposed.
21.01.2016, Heilika LeinusPM
Editorial: sick leave – fight for freedom, cut it not
How do we arrange it so that days spent sick will spell as little loss to people and the economy? A think-thank thinks to know.
Tehnopol sai tervisetehnoloogia arendamiseks 600 000 eurot
Tallinnas Mustamäel asuv teaduspark Tehnopol sai EAS-ilt 600 000 eurot tervisetehnoloogia arendamiseks loodud ettevõtete toetamiseks järgmise kolme aasta jooksul.
06.01.2016, Aivar PauPM
Temperature rising: eHealth heats up
Freshly out of his job, Estonian eHealth Foundation head Raul Mill accuses social ministry in hammering on with a reform potentially in violation with law. The ministry thinks the only way to make eHealth work is grabbing the wheel.
18.12.2015, Oliver KundPM
Midwife catches measles
Of the three individuals infected with measles this past month was a midwife at East-Tallinn Central Hospital (ITK) who worked for several days at obstetrics department before diagnosed with the disease. The hospital called about 40 people for extra checks.
15.12.2015, Liis VelskerPM
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.
Editorial: the wrong end to start a reform
State reform planned by government includes lay-off of 3,500 of public cadre by 2019. The main blow hits social ministry. While the promise is not to thin ranks of such as offer social and health care services, support staff in regional hospitals is faced with cuts. Among others things, the state wants Tartu University Hospital to send 85 people packing and outsource part of the work.
Hospital rebells at lay-off demand by the state
Last night, council of Tartu University Hospital members sent a standpoint to social ministry stating that the prescribed lay-off of 85 posts is neither purposeful, expedient nor feasible.
08.12.2015, Aime JõgiPM
It is getting better with the Estonian soul
With the men lost and not found lately, links have been drawn with troubled soul. Even so, heads of psychiatric clinics claim there's nothing out of the ordinary with receptions at their institutions this fall. Are mental problems popping up related to the seasons?
24.11.2015, Nils Niitra
Postimehe tehnikaportaal teeb ülekande innovatsiooniteemaliselt disainikonverentsilt
Reedel Tallinna Ülikoolis toimuval maailma kasutatavuse päeva konverentsil otsib ligi 500 IT-arendajat, disainerit ja turundajat uudseid lahendusi digitoodete ja teenuste kasutatavuse parandamiseks.
12.11.2015, Marge TubalkainPM
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
Fresh eating directions less austere
Until now, healthy eaters had to meticulously count and calculate what and how much they could consume. They may loosen up now, somewhat.
04.11.2015, Hanneli RudiPM
Limits loom over chips and sweets
As urged by the ever bulging Estonian waistline, the state is stepping in to shrink the spread obesity. An option considered is imposing limits to advertisements tempting children to consume chips and candy.
02.11.2015, Hanneli RudiPM
Editorial: no taboo topics
The views expressed at Public Broadcasting (ERR) heads meeting that while discussing drug policy we should not give the floor to those favouring legalization of cannabis corresponds not to the balanced debate principle ERR should stand for. Understandably, the ERR leaders feel their responsibility. Understandably, the sense of responsibility contradicts ERR enhancing behaviour damaging to health. But this will not mean that a debate birthed in society may be limited to views of one side alone.
Nipid, kuidas kiudaineid tarbides kaalust alla võtta
Kaalulangetamiseks süüakse sageli küll salatit, aga unustatakse tarbida näiteks ube, läätsi või herneid.
26.10.2015, PM TervisPM
Producers boil over at alcohol policy «favouring Finland»
The government's ever toughening alcohol policy not limited to excise rises but curbing ads and rearranging shelves at stores seems random and based on outdated research and unrelated data, possibly undermining Estonian exports.
26.10.2015, Andres ReimerPM
Triin Pohlak: tervislik eluviis algab kodust ja koolist
Ülekaalulisus on Eestis probleem nii laste kui ka täiskasvanute hulgas. Triin Pohlak arstiteaduse üliõpilaste seltsist kirjutab, mida saavad teha riigivõim, lapsevanemad ja koolid, et Eesti laste tervisekäitumine tagaks neile terve ja rõõmsa täiskasvanuelu.
25.10.2015, Triin PohlakPM
Booze to vanish from before buyer eye
In near future, purchasing alcohol will grow much more complex – stores will have to erect nontransparent walls around alcohol departments, gas stations must stop selling tipple altogether, and local government get powers to ban sales of intoxicating drinks in eateries at certain hours.
20.10.2015, Hanneli RudiPM
Work capacity reforms sets quota for hiring the handicapped
To be launched next year, work capacity reform aims to better involve people with special needs and of reduced work capacity on labour market. The new law prescribes 1,000 people with reduced work capacity to be working in public sector by 2020.
01.10.2015, Marian VõsumetsPM
Police serves suspicions to MMS sellers
This Tuesday, police raided homes of chlorine dioxide or MMS group leaders, finding chemical substance and filed the initial suspicions of misdemeanor procedure.
Estonian president contracts Lyme disease
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves was diagnosed with Lyme disease or tick-borne borreliosis, but that is not stopping Ilves from performing his head of state duties.
02.09.2015, BNS / Postimees.eeTe
Veejoomine ei aitagi pohmelli vastu
Hollandi uurijad jõudsid järeldusele, et veejoomine pärast liigset alkoholitarbimist ei aita järgmisel hommikul vaevava pohmelli vastu.
31.08.2015, Triin ÄrmTe
USA tervishoiusektor raiskab kolmandiku rahast
USA tervishoiusektori 2014. aasta raportis on esile toodud teisedki üllatavad trendid.
19.08.2015, Marian VõsumetsPM
Editorial: no rules replace responsibility
The serious accident in Viimsi water park slide this Saturday is worthy of attention whether the new facilities are guilty or not. While safety of use is a must, let us never forget the personal responsibility to be cautious and think ahead. Rules will always be general, and every incident unique.
Register grabs health data against will of people
On the surface, any individual may decide who used their delicate personal data and how. The reality differs starkly. As is also the case with cancer screening register: a person desiring to close down her data is helpless against a clause in a law, and the health data are used against her will.
17.08.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Editorial: toying with trust
The world is taking tiger leaps towards less privacy. Personal data and the databases compiled thereof are valuable capital when possessing the technology to process it in huge amounts and in various ways, converting the results into new services and money.
Govt plans long and winding road to vodka shop
Yesterday, social ministry presented alcohol market report ordered from Estonian Institute of Economic Research (EKI) in 2014 underlying dominating trends, attitudes and observations in the domain of drinking.
05.08.2015, Kerli KivistuPM
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.
Position of Savisaar unshaken by incapacity
Incapacitated for work, Mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar might be released from office. With help from party cadres, the man may stay in office till the elections in 2017.
04.08.2015, Indrek MäePM
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 LiivaTe
Enamik rasvunutest ei jõua kunagi normaalkaaluni
Hiljutisest uuringust selgus, et kuigi paljud rasvunud inimesed püüavad parema tervise nimel jõuda oma normaalkaaluni, saavutavad selle vähesed.
19.07.2015, PM TervisElu
«Kuidas ma kohtasin teie ema» staar põdes 25-aastaselt vähki
Sarjas «Kuidas ma kohtasin teie ema» kuulsust kogunud näitlejatar Cobie Smulders avaldas hiljutises intervjuus ajakirjale «Women's Health», et on põdenud vähki.
Vaccination below advised levels
During the past five years, a slight trend of decline has developed regarding vaccinations in Estonia, said Health Board. Las year, compared to 2013, coverage of 2-year-olds decreased over entire spectrum of vaccination plan.
21.04.2015, Triin ÄrmPM
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
Estonians are still physically inactive, overweight - study
According to the results of a study of Estonians' health behavior carried out by the National Institute for Health Development (TAI) and published on Friday the number of everyday smokers is declining in Estonia but problems with physical activity and being overweight remain on the same level.
Allowing doctors from abroad stirs emotions
A social ministry plan to ease rules for allowing foreign physicians to work in Estonia has encountered fierce resistance by professional associations who fear worsening of health care quality.
27.03.2015, Siiri LiivaPM
Editorial: always ask about the medicine
In Postimees, today, Tallinn University professor Airi Värnik laid out main problems related to side effects and combined effects of medicines. A needed step towards mapping the issue.
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
Editorial: counting the blessings of dwelling in Estonia
This is the day to think about what makes one happy. As you read this, the planet is celebrating International Day of Happiness.
Savisaar taken to hospital for pneumonia suspicions
Mayor of the Estonian capital city Tallinn Edgar Savisaar has been hospitalized for pneumonia suspicions.
19.03.2015, News.postimees.ee / BNSPM
E-cigarette fluid affects respiratory tracts
This is the way web store Skysmoke introduces e-cigarettes: «Smoking may cause stroke, heart attack, lung cancer, throat cancer, pneumonia, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease and many other fatal diseases. With e-cigarette use there are no risks of contracting aforementioned diseases.»
10.02.2015, Rivo VeskiPM
Estonian parlt repeals unconstitutional restriction of minors' right to abortion
Estonian lawmakers on Thursday revoked restrictions on minors' right to terminate pregnancy deemed to be unconstitutional by the justice chancellor.
Sotsiaalmeedia kasutamine aitab vähendada stressi
Pew Research Center uurijate sõnul oli 21 protsenti vähem stressi neil naistel, kes kasutasid mitu korda päevas Twitterit, said või saatsid päevas palju e-kirju ja jagasid tuttavatega pilte.
28.01.2015, Triin ÄrmPM
Editorial: the toothless and the slow
In run-up to elections, this is what the parties have detected to be wrong with Estonian health care system: dentists out of reach, and poor knowledge on matters of physical fitness. Unanimously, all see the easily accessible alcohol as a culprit, and election promises let us know this is no way to go.
Blood transfusion saves eagle
The sea eagle, now for a few weeks nurtured at Estonian University of Life Sciences clinic, was as good as a goner. Luckily, a fellow of said species just happened to be in for treatment at his side. Thus, the rare bird got a historic first Estonian transmission for eagles – and another chance at life.
27.01.2015, Risto MetsPM
Estonian lawmakers vote to reinstitute ban on public drinking
The Estonian parliament on Wednesday passed with 69 votes the government-initiated bill of amendments to the Law Enforcement Act that restores the ban on public consumption of alcohol.
Good practice prescribed for marketing energy drinks
Yesterday at Estonian Health Museum, good practice of marketing energy drinks was introduced. Among other things, it is advised to add warnings to labels and impose sales limit at stores to minors.
02.12.2014, Piret LaksonPM
Youth in Rakvere ravaged with drugs
Since September, Rakvere has seen nine young people hospitalised – probably by smoking synthetic cannabis aka spice.
20.11.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Editorial: controlling the future
So now we have two stories in a row featuring young people in sudden need of treatment while abroad – occasion enough to talk about health insurance.
Estonia in Ebola readiness
Though not in Estonia yet, ant not necessarily here soon, West-Tallinn Central Hospital infection control specialist Pille Märtin is busy as a bee. Having to keep up with breaking news, training staff and talking to the media.
15.10.2014, Marina LohkPM
In Viimsi, security firm fighting fungus high hunters
Every fall sees Viimsi Commune visited by «mushroom pickers» with hazy eyes and weird ways, out to consume and sell intoxicating fungi.
14.10.2014, Uwe GnadenteichPM
Doctor: Ebola in Estonia not excluded
Argo Parts, an infectious disease specialist, is on a four week mission in the Liberian capital Monrovia as part of a United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team to curb the cluster of Ebola virus.
22.09.2014, Rivo VeskiPM
Govt counts money for public pay rise
A testing stone for the coalition, at its initial joint talks about next year budget today, will be allocation of public servant wage rises.
02.09.2014, Tuuli KochPM
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
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.
Home birth hereby legal
For over a decade, debate has raged over legalisation of giving birth to babies in homes. Since August 1st, the practice is now legally allowed – with some medical people still against.
22.08.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
Work capacity reform delayed
Yesterday, Riigikogu social commission received amendments to work capacity reform bill by coalition MPs whereby the latter desire to raise the income level triggering cuts to work capacity benefits and to postpone entry into force of the law by half a year till January 1st 2016.
12.08.2014, Anette ParkseppPM
On value of solidarity in healthcare
Health Insurance Fund (HIF) chief executive Tanel Ross ponders the topic raised by healthcare expert Ain Aaviksoo: is Estonian version of financing healthcare obsolete and in need of greater patient participation and responsibility? Is it right to redistribute healthy people’s money to those that are sick?
11.07.2014, Liis VelskerTe
Lapsed põevad tuberkuloosi seniarvatust tunduvalt rohkem
Ajakirjas Lancet Global Health avaldati, et praegu esineb tuberkuloosi igal aastal enam kui 650 000 lapsel maailmas ning see näitaja on ligi 25 protsenti kõrgem kui senised WHO hinnangud.
09.07.2014, Triin ÄrmPM
Editorial: live rough and let docs patch you up?
The way folks view health has swerved into the treatment extreme. Let me smoke, the doctors will fix me up. Let me drink – and they will purge my blood and restore the liver. Let me stuff my body with food, and the pills and surgery will cut me down to size again.
Disorder ordered in public order?
July 1st. New law allows for polite binging and protects people by silent hours starting 60 minutes sooner.
16.06.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Reform rush results in governmental quarrel
Two weeks ago, social ministry priced assessment of work capacity at €250 per person. Now, it’s €50 and €100.
10.06.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
Third of 12th graders on drugs
According to study ordered by Police and Border Guard Board (PBGB), every last-grader in Estonian gymnasiums has taken drugs – cannabis, mostly.
04.06.2014, Marian MänniPM
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
Cheap cigarette prices set for sudden jump
In a rare accord, Big Tobacco, taxpayers union and health activists agree that tobacco excise needs to primarily rise on the cheap cigarettes storming the market. That ought to make cigarettes harder to obtain for the youth. Today, the government will be deliberating the issue, as new coalition brings a new excise bill.
29.05.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Non-drinkers expected to explain why
In Estonia, booze is so prevalent that it’s quite a surprise to others if some decline a drink, says the experience of those who opted – out of their own free will – to cut consumption of alcohol.
14.05.2014, Marina LohkPM
Ticks in Estonia transport new sickening agent
In addition to the well-known tick-borne viral encephalitis and borrelia, Estonian ticks may be spreading a new disease accompanied by weeks-long fever.
09.05.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
Threats don’t work
In fight against alcohol and tobacco, fear appeals are ineffective or rather provoke a backlash, say behaviourists.
23.04.2014, Liis VelskerPM
Drivers headed towards sleep disorder checks
Lots of drivers will never admit an accident resulted from nodding off at the wheel, searching for other explanations.
21.04.2014, Tiina KaukverePM
Obesity in Estonia worse than feared
Just a year ago, National Institute for Health Development (TAI) told us that in Estonia, every second adult is either overweight or obese. At that, the former were much more numerous than the latter: obesity, they thought, was the lot of every fifth. According to a Doctoral thesis recently defended at University of Tartu, it’s actually every third of us that is obese.
24.03.2014, Katre TatrikPM
Fresh lake air ineffective against incapacity to work
41 percent of working-age folks in Kasepää Commune, Jõgeva County living on work incapacity pension.
18.03.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Waitinglistitis getting bad
Till today, inhabitants of Estonia deem quality of health care as high. Even so, as the years go by, the state health system is ever more plagued by waiting list issues.
20.02.2014, Liis VelskerPM
Crook claims first class cure
Man behind bars for drug crime thinks he will lose his foot. Doctors deem him malingerer.
19.02.2014, Risto BerendsonPM
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.
Editorial: Estonian doctors/hospitals challenged
On October 25th last year, the principle entered into force: no longer must our local patients see the doctor in Estonia, necessarily – rather, the step may be taken anywhere in EU. Health Insurance Fund will pay the bill, to the extent similar treatment would have cost in homeland.
Quarter of hundred Estonians cured abroad
Two dozens of Estonians have taken the opportunity to see a doctor behind borders. Biggest bill presented to Health Insurance Fund, so far, amounts to €24,000.
11.02.2014, Hanneli RudiPM
The sick shoved off driver’s seat
Currently, only family doctor can inform Road Administration that certain drivers should not grab the wheel, due to health problems. Soon, medical specialists and occupational health doctors will have the same rights, as, regrettably, family doctors may not be aware of their patients’ declining health. Also, the new order forces people to personally announce deterioration of health.
21.11.2013, Hanneli RudiPM
E-cigarette business breaks records
Monthly, thousands are added to ranks of e-cigarette smokers. Despite product’s great popularity among consumers, State Agency of Medicines and social ministry officials toe the familiar «let’s ban!» line.
08.10.2013, Mikk SaluPM
Estonia spends EUR 12 mln on drug abuse prevention in 2007-2012
Estonia spent 11,876,688 euros on the prevention of substance abuse in 2007-2012, it appears from the final report of the national five-year strategy of drug abuse prevention to be introduced to the government on Thursday.
Almost a third of Estonians have long-term health problems
According to the data of the 2011 Population and Housing Census 388,077 people in Estonia or 30 percent of the population suffer from some long-term illness or health problem.
Paid surgery for insurance money
With cross-border movements of patients spreading to domestic choice flexibility, people can jump treatment queues in both Estonia and Latvia.
22.07.2013, Anneli AmmasPM
Carrying undercover cartridges
A race is on to illegally smuggle into Estonia e-cigarette cartridges containing nicotine, labelled locally as medicine.
12.06.2013, Tiina KaukverePM
Residents' satisfaction with Estonian health system grew last year - poll
Estonian residents' opinions about the organization of the country's health care system, quality and availability of medical care improved in 2012, it appears from a survey by GfK Custom Research Baltic the results of which were published on Wednesday.