The number of certificates for sick leave has increased by 33 per cent

The report covering the first quarter of 2011 of the Health Insurance Fund is now complete. In the first quarter of this year, the budgetary revenue of the Health Insurance Fund was a total of 172.4 million euros. In the same period, the budgetary expenses of the Health Insurance Fund were a total of 180.1 million euros. The budget revenues and expenses were both implemented 100 per cent.
At the end of the first quarter, the number of insured persons was 1,257,646, of whom, 45 per cent were employed, 48 per cent were persons equal to the insured and 7 per cent were persons insured by the state.

In the first quarter, 16.7 million euros were spent on financing general medical care. This number has increased by 4 per cent compared to the same period of the previous year. A significant growth (14 per cent) is apparent in the examinations fund expenditure, i.e. family physicians have conducted more examinations in the period referred to.

The expenses of specialised medical care in the first quarter were 102.5 million euros. The respective expenses have increased by 6 per cent year-on-year. The highest growth in expenditure was seen in connection with the patients and treatment cases of ambulatory and day care surgery and procedures, which shows that the efficiency of specialised medical care services is improving (as regards ambulatory and day surgery and procedure patients). The number of persons who have used the services of specialised medical care has increased in all treatment categories. For example, 933,170 ambulatory consultations were carried out in the first quarter, which is 6 per cent more than in the previous year.

The cost of medicinal products compensated to the insured in the first quarter made up 21.3 million euros. Compared to the same period of the previous year, the number of purchased prescriptions has grown. The average cost of a prescription for the Health Insurance Fund was 13 euros, which has decreased compared to the same period of the past two years.

In the first quarter, the Health Insurance Fund spent 23.9 million euros on the benefits for temporary incapacity for work, which is 3 per cent higher year-on-year. The number of sickness benefits has grown 33 per cent compared to the first quarter of the previous year and the number of certificates for care leave has grown 39 per cent in the same period. An increase in the number of certificates for sick and care leave compared to the same period of the previous year was caused by a larger outbreak of infectious diseases in the spring.

The expenditure of other monetary benefits (dental care and denture benefits, supplementary benefit for medicinal products etc) in the first quarter was 1.8 million euros.

Respectfully

Evelin Koppel
Estonian Health Insurance Fund
Public Relations Manager
+ 372 620 8439, 5347 8949
evelin.koppel [at] haigekassa.ee