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Healthcare in Estonia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on: Aug 11, 2020

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Summary: Medical care in Estonia is no up to Western standards, but is best in Tallinn, Tartu and Parnu. Our Estonia Healthcare Guide covers health insurance, finding an English-speaking doctor, best hospitals and more.

Living in Estonia - Healthcare in Estonia

Quality of Medical Care in Estonia

"Although medical care in Estonia still falls short of Western standards, Estonia's medical care is generally good, especially in Tallinn, and in some other cities such as Tartu and P?rnu. Estonia has many highly-trained medical professionals, but some hospitals and clinics still suffer from a lack of equipment and resources. You may find that some hospital staff and nurses, including those who work in emergency rooms, speak only limited English," wrote the US Embassy in Estonia.

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Emergency Medical Care in Estonia

Depending upon your health insurance plan, determine which hospital you would go to in the case of an emergency. Take the time to visit the hospital so that if you or someone in your family had a medical emergency, you know where it is, where the emergency room is located, etc.

Our list of hospitals in Estonia includes hospitals and clinics in the largest cities.

Emergency Telephone Numbers in Estonia

Fire: 112
Police: 112
Ambulance: 112

If you are in an emergency situation anywhere in Estonia, Call 112 and ask the ambulance to bring you to the hospital you prefer or any hospital.

Finding a Doctor in Estonia

"Estonian hospital administrators suggest that U.S. Citizens call the polikliiniku [clinic] registration number whenever you need to see a doctor when it is not an emergency. U.S. Citizens who aren't covered by local insurance and who will pay out-of-pocket for services, will not have to wait as long as those who are covered by national healthcare. Costs for foreigners paying with cash or credit cards at private facilities are more or less the same at the public hospitals, so please consider using both public and private facilities if you are in need of medical attention. If using Estonian National Insurance, please consult Haigekassa to learn about your coverage," stated the US Embassy.

Tick-Borne Encephalitis & Lyme Disease are Widespread in Estonia

"Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) and Lyme-disease are widespread throughout the country. Use CDC recommended insect repellents containing either 20% DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 to help diminish bites from ticks and other insects if you intend to visit parks or forested areas (even within parks in Tallinn). Those who will be camping or have prolonged outdoor exposure should pretreat clothing and equipment with permethrin. Tick-borne encephalitis vaccinations are given as a series of three doses and are not available in the United States. The vaccine is recommended for those who will be living in Estonia or those with shorter visits with extensive outdoor activities in wooded areas. There are no vaccines against Lyme disease," reported the US State Department.

Vaccinations for Estonia

"Like much of Europe, outbreaks of measles are frequent in Estonia and travelers should have two documented doses of MMR vaccine prior to traveling," advised the US State Department.

According to the CDC, travelers and people moving to Estonia should, "Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Estonia, regardless of where you are eating or staying. You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Estonia. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater." Additionally, Hepatitis B vaccinations are recommended. If you are planning to visit caves and other remote areas, a rabies vaccination is advised.

Hospitals & Clinics in Estonia

Look through our list of hospitals in Estonia includes hospitals and clinics in the largest cities:

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 6 Best Places to Live in Costa Rica, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and 7 Tips for Obtaining Residence in Italy. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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Updated On: Aug 11, 2020

First Published: Aug 11, 2020

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Hospitals in EstoniaHospitals in Estonia

Knowing which hospital you would go to should a medical emergency arise while living in Estonia is important. This information is provided (but not endorsed) by expats and the US Embassy in Estonia.

healthcare surveyAnswer Questions about Healthcare in Estonia

Help others moving to Estonia by answering a set of questions about health insurance, public healthcare in Estonia, prescription medicine, quality of medical care and emergency services.

Having a Baby AbroadHaving a Baby Abroad Report

Being pregnant and giving birth abroad can be a bit unnerving. If you've had a baby abroad, please take a few minutes to answer a few questions about your experiences. Your insight will help to prepare other expat parents-to-be -- and hopefully calm their nerves.

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