Healthcare Committee

The Aim of the Healthcare Committee of AmCham Estonia is to provide Estonian policy makers, institutions and other relevant stakeholders with the perspective of US companies that operate in Estonia. Health is an important driver for wealth and economic growth. The Committee therefore would support the EU health agenda towards affordable, sustainable and innovative health systems. Composed of the various healthcare industries (pharmaceuticals, eHealth, medical devices, consumer, and transport industries), it would to be a reliable policy partner to the Estonian institutions and to help ensure that new healthcare-related legislations and policies add value to, and benefit, the entire healthcare ecosystem.

To view the latest position paper by the AmCham Healthcare Committee please CLICK HERE

Here are some of the most relevant issues the committee was addressing in 2019:

Based on many recent and not so recent studies Estonian healthcare financing system (lack of funds in EHIF) is not sustainable in the changed environment (aging population, increased expectation, innovation in HC etc). The committee is trying to identify what are the short and long term plans to make the Estonian HC future-proof.

In approximately half of the European countries, Value Added Tax of prescription medicines is lower than in Estonia (for example 6% in the Netherlands, 5% in Lithuania, 4% in Spain, 2,1% in France compared to 9% in Estonia). High proportional VAT increases especially the price of innovative new pharmaceuticals, creates an additional burden to the Health Insurance Fund and restricts access to new treatments for Estonian patients. The committee is trying to offer a change in the taxation system in order to address the issue.

Background: Today we are measuring healthcare by different input KPIs (number of nights in the hospital, cost of treatment procedures or process quality KPIs (waiting list for medical treatment), but instead we should measure and incentivize patient-centric quality of life KPIs like social functioning, self-care etc. Those KPIs have been developed and validated internationally (https://www.ichom.org/standard-sets/), but none of the countries haven’t yet implemented those nationwide. Estonia could be the leader here, as we do have digital capabilities and we are small. The committee is trying to promote the support of establishing or piloting patient-centric value-based healthcare.

Committee Members:

  1. Elo Tamm – COBALT Law Office
  2. Martin Minin – Semetron (Medical Devices)
  3. Siiri Võlu-Tiganik – HansaMedical OÜ (Medical Devices)
  4. Kairit Sildre – Johnson & Johnson (Medical Devices)
  5. Jane Kesküla –  Janssen
  6. Anneli Simm – Teligent
  7. Maarika Merirand  – Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol
  8. Chris Ellermaa – Roche
  9. Indrek Saar – Glaxo Smith Kline
  10. Anneli Einroos –  AbbVie
  11. Kadri Mägi-Lehtsi –  Roche
  12. Taimi Veedla – U.S. Embassy Tallinn
  13. Marti Rillo –  Nortal
  14. Anneli Taal – Pfizer
  15. Kärt Tali –  Bayer
  16. Ave Tampere – Bayer
  17. Andrius Rudzikas – Amgen
  18. Kalle Uibo- Amgen
  19. Jürgen Kukk – Amgen
  20. Edgars Labsvirs – Medtronic BV representative office in Baltic countries
  21. Ingrid Toonekurg –  Microsoft
  22. Artemi Lvov – Microsoft
  23. Dita Sile – Novartis
  24. Lise-Lotte Lääne –  Sorainen
  25. Anni Tooma – Rud Pedersen Estonia
  26. Merilin Varsamaa – Viveo Health
  27. Pille Loit – M-Ring
  28. Rima Valentukeviciene – IBM
  29. Tarmo Toiger – KPMG
  30. Konstantin Rebrov – Chemi-Pharm
  31. Tarmo Kärsna – Confido
  32. Imants Sinka – MSD
  33. Mikko Fernstrom – Biogen
  34. Andrei Nahkala – Biogen
  35. Jolanta Dickute – Biogen
  36. Daria Sivovol – AmCham Estonia

Some of our past activities and events:

AmCham Healthcare Committee Round Table Meeting

Amcham Healthcare Committee Meets with the Social Ministry Representative

AmCham Estonia and AmCham Healthcare Committee Hold the 2nd Annual Healthcare Conference, This Time Dedicated to Data and Data-Driven Healthcare

Healthcare Committee Meets with the Social Ministry Representatives 

Healthcare Committee Meets with the New Chairman of the Board of HIF, Rain Laane

AmCham Healthcare Committee Holds its First Morning Breakfast Round Table Discussion with Minister Ossinovski and Tanel Ross, Haigekassa

AmCham Healthcare Committee Meets for its 3rd Meeting

AmCham Healthcare Committee Position Paper

 AmCham Launches a Healthcare Committee