All persons insured with the Health Insurance Fund have a family practitioner. A person not residing in Estonia may also visit a family practitioner. A person needs a referral from the family practitioner to visit a medical specialist. No referral is needed to visit a psychiatrist, gynecologist, dermatovenerologist, ophthalmologist, dentist, pulmonologist (for tuberculosis treatment), infection specialist (for HIV/AIDS treatment), surgeon or orthopedist (for traumatology).
In the case of emergency treatment, a person may always go to the emergency reception or call an ambulance. The attending physician decides whether the patient needs in-patient treatment.
The amount of the patient's financial participation in the following cases:
out-patient examination - a family practitioner can charge a visit fee of up to EUR 3.2, when making a home visit;
specialised medical care - a visit fee of up to EUR 3.2;
transportation by ambulance in the case of emergency - free of charge;
hospitalisation - an in-patient fee of up to EUR 1.6 per day and for up to 10 days per hospitalisation.
There is no in-patient fee:
Health Insurance Fund: http://www.haigekassa.ee
National Health Plan: http://www.sm.ee/fileadmin/meedia/Dokumendid/ASO/RTA/National_Health_Plan_2009_2020.pdf
Last Updated on Monday, 14 February 2011 15:59