Since early April, all individuals insured under the health insurance scheme may view the medical bills related to them at the patient portal www.digilugu.ee.
According to Ain Aaviksoo, Deputy Secretary General for E-services and Innovation at the Ministry of Social Affairs, the option provided in the first stage of the digital history allows people viewing the sums paid by the Health Insurance Fund for their treatment. “Such an option improves the transparency of the use of funds in the health care system and raises the awareness of patients about the costs incurred,” says Aaviksoo.
The service consists in the option for patients to view information about their medical bills in the form of individual documents that contain information about the patient and issuer of the invoice, diagnosis, and amount of the medical bill. The cost of treatment is the outcome of the prices approved in the current list of health care services provided by the Health Insurance Fund and information is displayed for up to three most recent years.
Heli Laarmann, Manager of the Services and Projects of the E-Health Foundation, explains that upon entering the patient portal it is possible to extract the cost of medical bills for a period of interest. “The invoices displayed in the national patient portal are never paid by the patients themselves,” clarifies Laarmann.
Last year, the Health Insurance Fund financed health care services in the amount of MEUR 712. The largest share in the financing of health care services was specialized health care on which the Health Insurance Fund spent MEUR 561 last year. In the patient portal, insured people can see the medical bills for specialized health care, family doctor’s care and nursing care services. Furthermore, the Health Insurance Fund pays for children’s dental care, compensates for medicines, medical equipment, and pays various benefits.
It is a part of the strategic development plan of e-health that envisages a more active role of people in managing their health and participating in treatment decisions, to which end a better understanding of the use of treatment funds contributes.