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Hospitals and Pharmacies

Everyone in Estonia has the right to receive emergency care and health care professionals are required to provide help within the limits of their competence and with the means available.

Emergency care

Everyone in Estonia has the right to receive emergency care. Emergency care provided to a person who is not covered by health insurance is paid by the state.

Emergency rooms are located at hospitals. The East-Tallinn Central Hospital at Ravi 18 is the closest A&E in central Tallinn.

Where are the hospitals and what do they do?


All the following hospitals are state-financed. This means when you’re insured by the Estonian health insurance, your treatment will be subsidised.

Central hospitals

There are four central hospitals in Estonia. They provide outpatient and inpatient health services in almost all fields of health. 

Tallinn – East-Tallinn Central Hospital (AS Ida-Tallinna Keskhaigla)

Tallinn – West-Tallinn Central Hospital (AS Lääne-Tallinna Keskhaigla)

Kohtla-Järve – Ida-Viru Central Hospital (SA Ida-Viru Keskhaigla)

Pärnu – Pärnu Hospital (SA Pärnu Haigla)

Large Hospitals (Regional Hospitals)

Large (regional) hospitals provide outpatient and inpatient health services in all areas of activity.

Tallinn – North Estonia Medical Centre (SA Põhja-Eesti Regionaalhaigla)

Tartu – Tartu University Hospital (SA Tartu Ülikooli Kliinikum)

Tallinn – Tallinn Children’s Hospital (SA Tallinna Lastehaigla);

A regional hospital is not required to provide outpatient and inpatient health services in the areas of activity which are provided in the same region by another regional or central hospital.

Besides central and regional hospitals, most counties or smaller towns also have general hospitals that provide health services in that region.

Private hospitals & clinics

The advantage of private healthcare lies in shorter waiting times for seeing specialists. In private hospitals and clinics you have to pay for the services yourself. You should also check whether your private insurance might cover some of the fees.

For finding a suitable private clinic ask for recommendations from your friends and your GP or search online. Some of the clinics that also have English websites, are:

Fertilitas private hospital in Viimsi, near Tallinn.

Qvalitas private clinics around Estonia.

Elite private clinics in Southern-Estonia

How do the pharmacies operate?

In Estonia, medicine is mostly sold in pharmacies. All Estonian pharmacists have a relevant qualification, so they are competent to give necessary advice.

Antibiotics or specific medicine is sold with prescription only. General medicine is prescription free. You can also buy very basic stuff (like painkillers) in the supermarkets.

Pharmacies are located in all shopping centres and their opening hours are generally between 10:00 and 21:00. There are also 24-hour emergency pharmacies in all areas; the one in central Tallinn is located at Tõnismägi 5.