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40% Estonia's patients wait more than month to visit a medical doctor

Juhan Tere, BC, Tallinn, 11.01.2012.Print version
In Estonia, 28% patients have to wait a week to call on a medical doctor, 31% have to wait eight days to a month, and 39% have to wait longer than a month to see the doctor, the Estonian news portal ERR reports referring to a governmental study.

During the economic recession, queues for appointments with specialized physicians got significantly longer, a government poll concluded, writes LETA.

Around 12% of respondents said they visited a private health care clinic because lines in the public health care system were so long. They also mentioned better quality.

Also, since 2009, visits with dentists, nurses, and specialists have been on the decline, mainly because of economic hardship, according to the poll.

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