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Number of healthcare professionals in Estonia up 9 pct in 4 years

  • 2019-01-04
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – The number of healthcare professionals in Estonia has increased by 9 percent over the course of 4 years, it appears from the analysis "Estonian healthcare professionals 2017" carried out by the National Institute for Health Development.

The analysis indicates that there were 9 percent more healthcare professionals in Estonia in November 2017 than at the same time in 2013. The number of doctors rose 4 percent over the course of 4 years, while the number of all doctors in the field of dentistry rose 5 percent, the number of nursing staff increased 10 percent and the number of carers by 6 percent.

There were altogether 23,750 healthcare professionals in Estonia in November 2017, altogether 4,569 of them were doctors, 1,265 were dentists, 8,612 were nurses and midwives and 3,687 were carers.

In addition to the number of healthcare professionals, the analysis also gives an overview of the sex, age, workload, hourly wages, migration, geographical distribution and distribution between public and private sectors of healthcare personnel across different occupations in 2017.