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
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 ReinikPM
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
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
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
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
Editorial: why a superhospital?
For years they have been talking about merging the hospitals of Tallinn. Should the municipal powers up and build the building, one might say good luck - on the one hand. On the other, one would wish for some specific explanations. As usual, the central issue being money.
Ministries swell with fresh vigour
Analysis by Chamber of Commerce and Industry says Estonia's public officialdom is resistant to thinning and if the numbers do come down at all, then on account of police patrols and firefighters. Meanwhile, the ministries keep on ballooning.
07.09.2015, Nils NiitraPM
New family doctors must be sought from abroad
Estonian dearth of family doctors has reached the stage where officials will need to consider the option of hiring foreigners.
04.08.2015, Hanneli RudiPM
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
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
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
C-sections have multiplied
Though up also in Estonia these past years, compared to some European countries our Caesarean section level is rather low and we do resemble the prudent Nordics.
19.03.2015, Hanneli RudiPM
Quit drinking, keep smiling
Forget the world view. In election programmes, the parties stand united in intent to make life miserable for tipplers and find funds to fill holes in Estonian teeth. At current level of financing, the healthcare system is in dire straits a few years from now, but why mention that?
27.01.2015, Hanneli RudiPM
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.
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
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.
Chief hospitals cut the Estonian patient pie
The two health majors – Tartu University Hospital and North Estonian Medical Centre (PERH) – have grabbed the initiative to develop hospitals networks and are now expecting the state to set deadlines and inject money.
01.10.2014, Anneli AmmasPM
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
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.
Hospitals Association: open treatment market hazard to the less fortunate
According to Estonian Hospital Association head Urmas Sule, opening of medical treatment market implies hazard of health services becoming harder to access for those worse off financially.
30.07.2013, Kaspar JõgevaPM
Be patient, victims of trauma
Hospitalised man sent home by taxi waits days for emergency surgery.
10.07.2013, Tiina KaukverePM
Tallinn leaders in bitter hospital battle
The most radical proposal: the capital could have one city hospital and one regional hospital with a children’s hospital.
Not all specialists nightwatching at major hospitals
At various major Estonian hospitals, all medical specialists are not on the spot for night watches, some of them «standby» in their homes. The hospitals assure there is no need for panic, as, in critical situations, emergency department doctors deal with patients till the specialists arrive.
31.05.2013, Hanneli RudiPM
South Estonia’s hospitals lure Russian and Latvian patients
According to new hospital network development plan, county centres will keep emergency specialised medical care. There is no hurry, however, to wind down current 24/7 medical care with four standby specialised doctors providing delivery assistance.
25.03.2013, Anneli Ammas