26 MAY 2020

The use of health care services by Estonians in Europe and the treatment of foreigners in Estonia decreased to some extent in 2019

In 2019, health care providers from other European countries submitted bills for nearly 8.6 million euros to the Estonian Health Insurance Fund (EHIF) for the health care services of Estonian insured persons or Estonian pensioners and workers temporarily staying in the country. This amount was 14% less than in 2018. In this way, the medical bills were paid for more than 7,500 Estonian people a year (in 2018 it was over 8,700).

In the same time, more than 6,300 insured people from European countries used Estonian health care services, which was one tenth less than in 2018.

The EHIF's 2019 statistics on the use of health care services by Estonian insured persons in European countries and on the treatment of foreigners in Estonia were added to the Health Statistics and Health Research Database. It is worth noting that the statistics presented here do not include data provided under scheduled treatment or the "Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the application of patients' rights in cross-border healthcare".