Estonian institute publishes analysis of 2009-2015 healthcare costs

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TALLINN – Estonia’s National Institute for Health Development has published a fresh analysis titled “Estonian healthcare costs 2015”, which describes healthcare costs and their changes in 2009-2015.

In 2009-2015 Estonia’s healthcare costs grew in current prices by 397 million euros, including 98 million euros in 2015. Characteristics of the period are the stability of funding and small changes. The average increase in health care costs in 2009-2015 was 6 percent per year or 1.6 percent in fixed prices.

Healthcare costs per person were 1,006 euros in 2015, of which the public sector’s share amounted to 761 euros and households’ share totaled 229 euros. The three biggest expense items of households were dental treatment, prescription medication, and over-the-counter drugs. These constitute two-thirds of people’s healthcare costs. During the 2009-2015 periods, the share of medication and medical products has decreased from 55 percent to 46 percent, while the share of medical services has increased.

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