Estonia has fewer HIV-positive people than thought
Estonia's first place in Europe in terms of HIV-positive people per capita is among the country's most tragic calling cards and one it might not soon leave behind as doctors say the capacity to find HIV-positive people is still not sufficient. Estonia has registered 9,492 HIV-positive people as from December 30, which is the figure used everywhere.
What will the year 2017 bring us? From broken teeth to fishing
What will the year 2017 bring us? Besides increased excises, the coming year will bring Estonia’s residents new subsidies – for example, it is likely that more people will visit dentists in 2017, because a small compensation will be paid to adults as well. Postimees reviews the most significant law amendments.
Estonian minister eyeing graduated-rate tax on sugary drinks
Estonia's Minister of Health and Labor Jevgeni Ossinovski intends to impose the tax on sugar-sweetened beverages as a graduated-rate tax and not to levy the tax on dairy products and beverages containing naturally occurring sugars, Postimees said.
Former Estonian president Ilves recovering from surgery
Former Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves is recovering from surgery at the North Estonia Medical Center (PERH).
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.
Child survives fall from eighth floor
A two-year-old child was taken to the Tallinn Children's Hospital's intensive care unit after miraculously surviving a fall from an eighth floor window in Tallinn's Lasnamägi borough a week ago. Neighbors said that while the boy did not break a single bone, he suffered injuries to internal organs.
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.
Fear of imprisonment causes doctors to hide mistakes
The court case of Dr. Igor Gorjatšov, charged with causing a patient's death out of negligence, is a painful reminder of why medics prefer not to talk about their mistakes publicly. A new patient insurance system that will cost around 2 million euros to launch should change the situation in the coming years.
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.
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.
Deadly fentanyl finally listed as drug
Having caused a wave of overdoses among addicts since May, the new synthetic heroin Made in China has this week at long last been added to he banned substances list in Estonia.
Estonians introduced to terrorism travel insurance
Alerted by the increase of terrorist attacks in the West, a couple of Estonian insurance companies have added the costs related to risk factor to their basic packages.
Fresh sales ban not quite working
In Estonia cider with its 1.2 percent content is considered a non-alcoholic beverage. For someone aged 12, half a litre has quite an effect.
Injured Estonian youth in Nice intensive care unit
Seriously injured in the truck attack in France, Estonian youth Hans Joosep is being treated in a local Nice hospital intensive care unit. His condition is stable and the family hopeful.
Editorial: young people must be kept far from alcohol
In the entire Western world, alcohol consumption is on the rise and doubtless this is the addictive substance most available to minors. And the current generations are earlier starters with the habit.
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.
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.
Small firms fighting an EU norm
Accommodation establishments in rural areas are indignant – at end of last year, Health Board begun to demand that pursuant to a new EU directive they must do a thorough water analysis once every decade costing a thousand euros.
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.
Social ministry sets recruitment quotas
Social ministry has divided the number thousand between counties and ministries and thus determined how many people with permanently reduced work capacity local governments and state agencies are to hire in next five years.
The disabled are upset at being forced to work
For those troubled in health, work capacity reform has meant change at which some rejoice and others are saddened. What seems to feel the worst is the attitude in some officials that they are nothing but lazy.
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.
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.
Swedish-American invalid carriage caught in Estonian red tape
For quite a time, the wheelchaired Jako Stein sought for a fitting vehicle. He got one finally from Sweden but in Estonia the Road Administration requires costly lab tests for a van for years acceptable on Swedish roads.
Expert considers tobacco excise too low
Kristina Mauer-Stender, an Estonian, is doing anti-tobacco work at World Health Organisation. For some days, she is in Estonia, all the way from WHO European headquarters in Copenhagen.
Estonia-Latvia borderlands merger makes Riigikogu splash
At the end of March, Latvia's Valka County duma chairman Vents Krauklis decided to do an experiment in Valga Hospital. Namely, he sent his wife across state border to give birth there.
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.
Nearly 70 percent of Estonian youth has tried alcohol at home
According to an overview of the alcohol prevention program Efekt nearly 70 percent of Estonian students who had consumed alcohol had done it at home when their parents gave them some to try.
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.
Ossinovski to tackle drugs policy
Towards the end of last year, debate heated up in Estonia regarding altering the foundations of drugs policy. Going by that, Soc Dems chairman and health minister Jevgeni Ossinovski said he would tackle the issue. Reasons for that abound: though deaths thru overdose are down more than twice these past years, with 84 cases Estonia still ranked at international «top» in 2015.
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.
Aid for dead: who should have checked if they were still around?
The individual died in 2006. As revealed by Social Insurance Board inspection into compensations and benefits, county government must have paid for his technical aid for a decade.
Estonian govt supports compensating EUR 400 of workers' sporting expenses per year
Estonian government is planning to allow companies to compensate for employees' sporting expenses in the amount of 100 euros per quarter or 400 euros a year without paying fringe benefit tax.
Every third offender a drug addict
A study conducted among offenders revealed that about third of them are struggling with drug addiction. Though Estonia features options for treatment and rehabilitation, effectiveness of measures applied has actually not been assessed.
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.
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.
Small town troubled by ambulance crew carelessness
Though not a taxi, decisions by ambulance crew to take or not to take individuals to hospital may be fatal. And have led to lots of local complaints towards emergency medicine in Tapa Parish.
Editorial: children playing
Some two dozen minors got caught in a Rapla County birthday party by police, drunk. Turned out afterwards, drugs were involved. As one developed alcohol poisoning, they hauled her to the highway side so arrival of ambulance would not spoil the fun. The kids were taken to police station to be fetched by parents.
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:
Life of woman was impossible to spare, says hospital
In light of controversial information spread publicly regarding a recent tragic incident at West-Tallinn Central Hospital (LTKH) Pelgulinn obstetrical department, the hospital hereby underlines that the January 27th case of death of mother with child is unrelated to a young man committing suicide the selfsame day. Also, the hospital stresses the small likelihood of the woman's life having possibly been spared.
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.
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.
Work capacity reform stage two: old sick leave system to go
Think-tank Praxis suggests people might work while on sick leave. Also, analysts say employees might think about compensation stretched from five days to 30.
Tsahkna: people must not pay the bigger bills
Yesterday, social protection minister Margus Tsahkna (IRL) interviewed by Postimees said he understands the panic in parents when getting the unexpectedly big bills for technical aids and is not about to justify mistakes made.
Editorial: playing on parental nerves
Unbelievable but true: results of ministerial regulation prepared for three years hit parents like bolt from the blue. Month-on-month, price for rental of technical aids shot thru the ceiling.
Mighty mess made by social ministry
What would you feel like when posted a bill six times larger than the month before, in January while not having been notified? Just what faced hundreds of parents of disabled children this week.
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.
Sugar tax crammed down nation's throat
Social ministry considers not resistance by nutrition experts and is unwilling to leave sugar tax out of nutrition policy green book.
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.
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.
The longest thirty hours of total stillness
Fallen 25 meters into an icy cleft in the Peruvian mountain of Tocllaraju for 30 hours, Annemai Märtson tried to call for her fellows. «No answer, all remained still and quiet.» Allan Valge, and Jane and Tarmo Riga perished. To honor the dead and the helpers, she tells the story of her struggle.
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?
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».
Editorial: the critical limit
OECD says patients in Estonia are nearing the critical 25 percent own payment limit in healthcare. That's where vital treatment may slip out of poor man's reach.
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.
Editorial: hey, keep on eating everybody!
Mighty these days is the torrent of information. Whatever we pick out and apply, is our own business. let's read wisely and avoid adding what isn't there. The health development institute guidelines are just that - guidelines and no commandments. Meanwhile, seeing the agency is competent, why not stop and think daily diet over.
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.
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.
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.
Let the neighbour be like me
To replace the current big special care homes, dozens and dozens of smaller ones are being built to house up to 30 people with mental and psychic handicaps. A task not always easy.
Editorial: drunkenness decisively demolished?
Long is the history of fighting alcohol. Even on pages of Postimees. Writes founder Johann Voldemar Jannsen, in Perno Postimees editorial over 150 years ago: «Estonians should have fewer drunkards among us. I know nothing that has thus damaged the nation, and harmed the well-being of their minds and pocket books as vodka. What a shame if Russians would beat us in their contempt for it!»
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.
Nine out of 10 smokers in Estonia would like to kick the habit - survey
Nine out of 10 smokers in Estonia are thinking about giving it up and eight have taken a decisive step to kick the habit, it appears from the latest tobacco-themed study commissioned by the National Institute for Health Development (TAI) and the Social Affairs Ministry.
Doomsday dawning to gas station booze business
The state is about to clamp down on sale of alcohol and ban it in filling stations. The latter think drinking in the land will not decline by the decision.
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.
Savisaar establishes hospital room headquarters
In private ward at East-Tallinn Central Hospital for third day, Centre chairman and Tallinn mayor Edgar Savisaar will have his heart condition checked today.
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 guys tower among the tall in Europe
Untriumphant at European championships in basketball, Team Estonia was sadly short in eyes of media and coaches. In 2010, the basketball union went as far as to proclaim a find-the-tall campaign. So are male Estonians shorties?
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.
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.
The next hazard to hogs: human curiosity
Agriculture ministry says the public has overheated with interests towards African swine fever: journalists and others need to consider that by thronging near burial sites they endanger the swine that are well.
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.
Estonian govt to cover hospital bill of citizen taken ill in Turkey
The Estonian government on Thursday decided to allocate 48,593 euros to cover the extraordinary hospital bill of an Estonian who was taken ill in Turkey and the Social Ministry is also in negotiations with the Vaatsa rural municipality for partial compensation of medical costs.
Tallinn Mayor Savisaar returns to office
Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar who has been on sick leave since March returned to office on Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
African fever nears big pig farm: hundreds of jobs in jeopardy
In in high likelihood, African swine fever has hit a few kilometers from Ekseko, the largest pig farm in Baltics. With restrictions applied, tens of thousands of swine might be killed and hundreds of staff laid off.
Swine fever the new normal?
Estonia's initial domestic swine dead by African swine fever this weekend will hardly remain the last, as the virus will lurk the surrounding forests for 5 to 20 years.
Health-link portal a headache for regulators
An internet portal allowing people to consult doctors via video-link – is this health services or is it not? This is the question that emerged as Janne German, Master’s student of health care technology at Tallinn University of Technology opened a digital service to ease the bottleneck of waiting-lines in Estonian medicine.
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.
Estonian women know to say «no»
While wish list for men in Estonia is topped by love, kids and a home, the ladies are ever more confident, skilled at sexual self defence and saying «no», and increasingly interested in having children.
Estonian bathing water judged bad by Europe
Each time that beach season knocks on door, Estonia traditionally assesses its bathing water quality to be good. Official tests, however, plunge us deep below EU average.
The mental health trouble
Praxis, the think-tank, thinks work capacity reform should also touch the «ordinary workers» at risk of or sliding towards deteriorated health.
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.
Ill and indifferent, Estonia’s educated elderly keep on working
Compared to European peers, elderly Estonians work longer and are better educated while their income is low, the health poor and participation in society meagre.
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.
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.
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.
Doctors say Savisaar no longer critical
The condition of Center Party leader and mayor of Tallinn Edgar Savisaar remains extremely serious but is no longer critical.
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.
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.
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.
Edgar Savisaar’s health fails
Taken to Tartu University Hospital intensive care unit as suspected in pneumonia on Wednesday, Mayor of Tallinn and Centre Party chairman Edgar Savisaar remained in critical condition last night following surgery.
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.
Venomous spider cocoon’s banana-arrival in Estonia suspected
A reader at Delice grocery store in central Pärnu spotted on a banana peel some white bubbly layer. In it, she thought she recognised the cocoon of deadly Brazilian wandering spider as described in media.
Scientists in Estonia forge weapon to beat Ebola
Estonia is not untouched by history’s largest Ebola virus epidemic outbreak in Western Africa last year. Not in the frightening sense, though. Rather the opposite: in a week or two, we might preach some glad tidings.
Survey: 80 pct of Estonians support banning alcohol ads
According to a survey commissioned by the Terve Eesti national health foundation 80 percent of Estonian residents support banning alcohol advertisements like it has been done with tobacco ads.
Estonians help Vietnamese have kids
Thanks to scientific cooperation between University of Tartu and Vietnam, families in the faraway Asian nation unable to have offspring get help by artificial insemination. Doctoral students in Vietnam, in their turn, have handed us a unique opportunity to investigate genetic background to rare diseases.
Grim Reaper kept busy by ignorance and negligence
As compared to rest of Europe, Estonia loses way too many lives due to injuries. Having studied the causes, Government Office strategy bureau adviser Maris Leimann says the state should deal with changing people’s attitudes – thus, many deaths would not be.
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.»
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.
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?
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.
Hospital charters ferry to bring critical patient from Hiiumaa
The North Estonia Medical Center (PERH) chartered a ferry to bring a critically injured patient to the mainland from Hiiumaa Island on the night of Jan. 14 when bad weather prevented a rescue helicopter from making an evacuation flight.
Good terrorists trained in Tallinn lab
In Mustamäe, Tallinn, training is provided to blood cells acquired from Italian cancer patients during clinical trials so that, when back home, these may point out intestine cancer cells to sick organisms – the latter thus able to fight these more effectively.
Kids going couch potato
From eight years and up physical activity declines till people turn 26, observes National Institute for Health Development (TAI) research fellow Kenn Konstabel – a man involved in international research showing that, in Estonia, only one boy in four and a girl among eight get enough exercise to stay healthy.
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.
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.
Most wild boars with African swine fever found in Viljandi County
The most wild boars who have died of the African swine fever (ASF) in Estonia have been found in Tarvastu, Viljandi County where the infected wild board have been found in the range of eight kilometers from the place the disease was initially discovered, regional newspaper Sakala reports.
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.
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.
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.
Health of Estonians as compared to other Baltics
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.
Trauma training for a thousand doctors
Trauma surgeon and scientist Peep Talving (48), after a lengthy practice abroad, is introducing homeland to its biggest post-diploma course ever – aimed at equipping a thousand local doctors with American trauma training, over the years.
Tallinn plans ban on public drinking
This week, Tallinn city government intends to approve a bill banning public drinking almost all over town. Boozing in public places of the city is clearly bothering the townsfolk, wrote the newspaper Pealinn (The Capital i.e. Tallinn).
EU funds to help Estonia sober up
On the wings of EU millions, major change is coming to alcoholism treatment in Estonia. Instead of pulling folks out of delirium as before, the future focus will be integrated treatment.
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?
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.
Kruuse: we’re on the right path
Urmas Kruuse blames soc dems and IRL for giving working capacity reform discussions political twist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Editorial: funny vs fear
In Postimees today, health propagator Hannes Lents says drinking is not down in Estonia – no matter the campaigns. According to a fresh TNS Emor poll, there was a 1.8 percent decline, year-on-year, but that’s too little to prove effectiveness of ads on Estonian behaviour. True, less strong liquor and beer was downed, but the milder drinks and wine went up.
Threats don’t work
In fight against alcohol and tobacco, fear appeals are ineffective or rather provoke a backlash, say behaviourists.
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.
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.
HIV evolves into midlife crisis
HIV used to mainly spread among the youth. Now, increasingly, it is caught by people in their 30ies and older. At that, two thirds of victims are men.
Fresh lake air ineffective against incapacity to work
41 percent of working-age folks in Kasepää Commune, Jõgeva County living on work incapacity pension.
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.
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.
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.
State Agency of Medicines: e-cigarettes’ safety unproven
State Agency of Medicines (SAM) agrees that e-cigarettes with safety and quality inspected may prove less harmful than ordinary ones; even so, SAM stresses there are no objective data to support this.
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.
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.
Missing medicine endangers health of baby
A boy born in June, in Põlva, was facing fatal complications as mother contracted chickenpox, Estonia lacking store of immunoglobulin – antibodies used to fight it.
Drug ads tend to exaggerate
State Agency for Medicines has been issuing precepts to pharmaceutical companies for violations of drug advertisements requirements – the most widespread offences being exaggerations with product characteristics.
Carrying undercover cartridges
A race is on to illegally smuggle into Estonia e-cigarette cartridges containing nicotine, labelled locally as medicine.
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.
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.
Free Movement of Patients Directive: from autumn, Health Fund pays for treatment throughout Europe
Estonian medical institutions are preparing to treat foreign patients, possibly resulting in higher health costs for locals.
Editorial: doctors to become «central»
Countryside demographics make family doctors converge.
84 new HIV patients diagnosed in 3 mos
During the first three months of this year 84 people were diagnosed in Estonia as having contracted the HI virus causing AIDS.
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.
62 cases of multi-drug-resistant TB registered in 2012
Last year 290 cases of tuberculosis were registered in Estonia of which 62 were drug-resistant, health authorities report.
Tartu doctor transplants pulmonary valve
On March 6th, heart surgeon Toomas Hermlin performed a complicated procedure on two children, entering into patients’ hearts with balloon catheter via thigh vein, and from there on to pulmonary artery, providing it with a new valve.
Adequate treatment essential to stop tuberculosis across Europe – WHO/ECDC new report
Over 1000 patients are estimated to fall sick with tuberculosis (TB) every day across Europe – or over 380 000 yearly – signalling that there is no room for complacency when it comes to TB prevention and control.
More women than men diagnosed with work-related illnesses
Last year 143 women and 86 men were diagnosed with occupational diseases in Estonia, with highest health disorder rates observed among shop assistants, cooks, sewing machine operators and cleaners.
Tallinn hospitals set «levels» for A&E patients
On Tuesday, an agreement was signed by North-Estonian Regional Hospital, Tallinn Children’s Hospital, East-Tallinn Central Hospital and West-Tallinn Central Hospital on principles of treatment of patients at accident and emergency medicine departments (A&E).
Hospital waiting lists keep getting longer
Decrease of treatment episodes, additional resources channelled into salaries, lengthening of visit times and various other factors are gradually dragging patients’ waiting lists.
University of Tartu professor gets intl lifetime achievement award
The European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) has given its award for lifetime achievement in bone marrow transplantation to University of Tartu professor of hematology and oncology Hele Everaus.
Proportion of smokers in Estonia below EU average
Smokers make up 26 percent of the Estonian population, slightly less than the average for the European Union, the European Parliament said on Monday.
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.
Transplant MD: estonians reluctant to sign up as organ donors
Estonians are aware of organ donations, but aren't lining up to sign donor documents, Virge Pall, the director of Tartu University Hospital's Transplant Center, has said, ERR News reported.
Extraordinary transplant saves a life
High voltage destroyed one third of living tissue on a 30 year old man’s head, leaving the skull unprotected.
Justice chancellor recovering from stroke
Chancellor of Justice Indrek Teder (55) suffered a stroke last week but is out of hospital.
Health care goodwill agreement gets 16 signatures
Sixteen organizations gave their signatures to a health care goodwill agreement in the White Hall of the Parliament. In all 22 organizations took part in working out the agreement.
Number of viral infections at record heights
Last week, the number of those affected by viral upper respiratory tract infections beat previous year’s record, reaching 6029 persons.
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