Pevkur: the growth in the number of visits to medical specialists and the reduction in the proportion of medication cost-sharing is a positive sign

Today, the Supervisory Board of the Health Insurance Fund was presented with a summary of the first half-year report of the Health Insurance Fund. According to the report, the number of visits to medical specialists has increased and the proportion of medication cost-sharing by patients has decreased year-on-year.

According to Hanno Pevkur, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Health Insurance Fund and the Minister of Social Affairs, the number of consultations with medical specialists shows that the waiting times are starting to become shorter and that the number of people who have received treatment has grown compared to the first half of the previous year. “The number of visits to medical specialists has increased by more than 115,000 and the number of people who have received specialised medical care services has grown 3 per cent. In the first half of the year, altogether around 1.9 million ambulatory and day care surgery and procedure consultations were carried out, indicating that the waiting times are beginning to become shorter,” Pevkur added.

The proportion of medication cost-sharing by patients continues to decrease. If in the first half of 2010 patients had to pay an average of 8 euros for medicinal products dispensed at a discount, then at the end of the first half of 2011, the average payment was 7 euros. However, 36,000 more people purchased discount medication compared to the same period of the pervious year. “The increased number of prescriptions and the reduction in the total cost of medication compensation clearly show the combined effect of digital prescriptions, lower price agreements and information campaigns that have increased the awareness of people and reduced the amount of money spent on medicinal products,” the Minister of Social Affairs mentioned.

The amount of benefits has also increased – that in connection with covering the costs of health care that the Estonian insured have required in other countries of the European Union. For this purpose, 1.3 million euros were allocated in the budget but the actual expenditure was 2.4 million euros. In addition, the number of referrals to abroad for scheduled treatments has grown. In the first half of 2011, there were 109 such cases, which is 33 per cent more than at the same time of the previous year.

The first reading of the 2012 budget of the Health Insurance Fund will be held on 19 October, at the next meeting of the Supervisory Board.

At today’s meeting, the Supervisory Board of the Health Insurance Fund appointed KPMG Baltics OÜ as the auditor of the Health Insurance Fund. The fee to be paid to the auditor is 18,600 euros. The Supervisory Board also decided to change the membership of the audit committee. Jaak Aab was excluded from the committee and Viktor Vassilyev was approved as a member of the committee.

Respectfully

Agnes Männiste
Estonian Health Insurance Fund
Communications specialist
Phone 620 8419