The supervisory board approved the annual report of the Health Insurance Fund for 2010

The today’s meeting of the supervisory board unanimously approved the annual report of the Health Insurance Fund. The revenue for the Health Insurance Fund in 2010 amounted to nearly 10.87 billion Estonian kroons whilst the expenditure was 10.96 billion Estonian kroons. Reserves of about 97.17 billion Estonian kroons were drawn. Also, the supervisory board decided to sell the shares of Viimsi Haigla AS at a price of 111 861 euros to AS Fertilitas.

The revenue of the Health Insurance Fund for 2010 amounted to 10.87 billion Estonian kroons, i.e. it received 97% of the planned funds. In the past year, the expenditure by the Health Insurance Fund was a total of 10.96 billion kroons, dropping by 9% compared to 2009.
At the end of the year, the number of persons with health insurance was 1 256 240, of whom 45% were working people with insurance, 49% were people treated as insured and 6% were people insured by the state.

957 090 people visited their family doctor in the past year. There were a total of 4 988 448 visits to family doctors and 1.01 billion kroons were paid to finance the general health care over the past year.

797 048 people used the services of special medical care financed with a total of 6.22 billion kroons. Compared to 2009, the budget for specialised medical care decreased by 2% whilst the number of outpatient cases grew by 3% and the number of day care cases by 5%. The number of inpatient treatment cases was kept at the same level as in 2009. For the Health Insurance Fund, the average cost per outpatient case was an average of 666 Estonian kroons and inpatient case 15 361 kroons. The average price of a day care case was 66 321 Estonian kroons.

All in all, about 6.7 million discount prescriptions were issued by pharmacies that were financed with a total of 1.42 billion kroons by the Health Insurance Fund. For the Health Insurance Fund, the average cost per discount prescription decreased by 3%, remaining at the level of 212 Estonian kroons. For the first time, the insured person’s own expenditure also dropped, being 5 kroons less than in 2009. The number of the people using medicines for treating chronic and severe diseases grew, as did the number of the discount prescriptions used during the year.

The Health Insurance Fund paid 1.27 billion Estonian kroons to finance the compensations for temporary incapacity for work. The number of all certificates for sick leave dropped by 27% and the Health Insurance Fund compensated for a total of 5.5 million days of incapacity for work. The average length of a certificate for sick leave was 14.6 days. In the past year, the amount per day compensated for by the Health Insurance Fund was an average of 234 Estonian kroons.

The Health Insurance Fund drew reserves of 91.17 million Estonian kroons and at the end of the year it still had reserves worth 3.4 billion Estonian kroons.

At the today’s meeting of the supervisory board at the Health Insurance Fund, Tamaš Evetovitš, senior expert at the European Regional Office for Healthcare Financing at the World Health Organisation (WHO) made a presentation to introduce the practice of various countries in financing the health sector under conditions of economic recession. This week the international training Tervishoiu finantseerimine pärast finantskriisi (Financing of health care after the financial crisis) participated by experts from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland will be held in Estonia.

Sincerely yours

Evelin Koppel
Public Relations Manager
Estonian Health Insurance Fund
+ 372 6 208 439; +372 534 789 49
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