The supervisory board of the Estonian Health Insurance Fund decided on Wednesday not to raise the salary component of the country's healthcare workers.
The supervisory board decided that the salaries of healthcare workers are to be raised after the government makes its decisions regarding the financing of healthcare, which will presumably take place on April 10 or 11, and healthcare workers enter into a collective agreement.
This means that the salaries of medical personnel are presumably to be raised retroactively as of April 1.
"It is a very unfortunate decision for us and there is still a risk of the disruption of work in the healthcare sector," Katrin Rehemaa, secretary general of the Estonian Medical Association, told BNS. She added that nothing would thus be clear before the government reached its decisions regarding healthcare financing.
Editor: Aili Vahtla