Legality of doctors' strike in questionEstonian news
- Seeing a doctor takes patienceEstonian newsHow 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.
- Editorial: the wrong end to start a reformEstonian newsState 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.
- Effective cure evasive due to random responsibilityEstonian newsA 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.
- Editorial: patience runs outEstonian newsWhen 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.