Health financing in Estonia: challenges and recommendations (2005)



This document underlines the main challenges faced by the health financing system in Estonia and proposes some suggestions for further improvements. These suggestions reflect WHO’s overall vision of specific policy objectives for health financing. In particular, a health financing system should:

  • promote access to care and protection against financial risk;

  • promote “solidarity” by  distributing the burden of funding the system relative to individual capacity to contribute, and  by distributing health care services and resources in relation to individual need;

  • promote efficiency through explicit incentives and streamlined administrative arrangements;

  • be transparent and understandable.