Supervisory Board Discussed the Principles of Planning Four Years' Expenses in the Health Insurance Budget and the Sources for Covering these Expenses
Supervisory Board Discussed the Principles of Planning Four Years’ Expenses in the Health Insurance Budget and the Sources for Covering these Expenses 18.05.2012 At today’s meeting, the Supervisory Board familiarised itself with the Estonian Health Insurance Fund’s report of the first quarter of the year 2012 and discussed the principles of planning the four years’ expenses in the health insurance budget prepared on the basis of the economic forecast issued by the Ministry of Finance in spring, and the sources for covering these expenses. In the first quarter of this year, income was received in the extent planned in the budget. The expenses of the Estonian Health Insurance Fund increased by 9% compared to last year, i.e. by 17 million euros. In family physician’s care, the amount spent on examinations has also increased significantly in addition to the base fee and distance fee, in long-term nursing care, the services of home nurses are used more and more actively. More than 400,000 people used the services of specialised medical care during the first quarter, that is 1% more compared to last year. The Estonian Health Insurance Fund’s expenses on compensation for prescriptions at a discount rate have been 13% higher than in the first quarter of 2011, the extent of cost-sharing by patients in buying medicinal products is however still decreasing. The Management Board of the Estonian Health Insurance Board also presented to the Supervisory Board the principles of planning the expenses of the next four years and the sources for covering these expenses and made a proposition to increase the wages of medical stuff in the prices of health care services. Suggestions were made to improve the availability of health care services at the basic level, specialised medical care and long-term nursing care. The Minister of Social Affairs Hanno Pevkur, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, commented the decision of the Supervisory Board: “There will be a more specific discussion over the wages of medical staff and increase in the amounts of services in September when more detailed forecasts of the receipt of tax have become available.” It was however the unanimous opinion of the Supervisory Board that the wages of medical staff must be increased for several years in a row and the total increase over the next three years must amount to at least 10%.