Under the Resolution of the Riigikogu “Amendment of the Resolution of the Riigikogu “Formation of the Estonian Delegation to the Interparliamentary Assembly of the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Latvia and the Republic of Lithuania””, submitted by the Foreign Affairs Committee, member of the Economic Affairs Committee Mihhail Korb was appointed as a member of the Estonian delegation to the Baltic Assembly. Formerly that post was occupied by Erki Savisaar, but his mandate as a member of the Riigikogu was suspended when he became the Minister of the Environment.
During the debate, Indrek Saar (Social Democratic Party), Mart Helme (Estonian Conservative People’s Party) and Tõnis Mölder (Centre Party) took the floor.
34 members of the Riigikogu voted for the Resolution (546 OE) and 24 voted against.
A Bill was at the second reading
The purpose of the Bill on the Mandatory Liability Insurance of Health Service Provider (522 SE), initiated by the Government, is to create the systems for patient insurance and compensation for vaccine damages. The Bill will establish patient insurance, which is mandatory liability insurance of providers of health care services. The Bill will provide for the principles and organisation of the mandatory liability insurance of providers of health care services, as well as the bases for and extent of the damage subject to compensation to the patient. The new system will be established with the aim of better protection of the patient and simpler application for compensation. In the case of a damage event where it would have been possible to prevent health damage in the treatment of a patient, the insurance provider will evaluate the circumstances of the claim. The insurance amount will be up to 100,000 euro per injured patient, and 3 million euro per whole one-year period of insurance. The Bill will also establish, among other things, the minimum requirements for the organisation of patient safety. An information analysis system will be established with a view to preventing threat and damage events. Second, the Bill will amend the Medicinal Products Act and provide for vaccine insurance, or mandatory insurance against vaccine damages. The purpose of vaccine insurance is to create a simplified procedure for compensating to people serious damage to their health due to vaccination. Third, an opportunity will be created under the Health Insurance Act to also include in a list of diseases, in addition to the diseases treated with medicines with a valid reference price or price agreement, the diseases in the case of which the prices of the medicinal products used to treat the diseases are formed in joint procurements of medicinal products of the European Commission.
During the second reading, the Social Affairs Committee and the Estonian Conservative People’s Party Faction submitted 19 motions to amend the Bill. For example, the Bill was amended by including the right of employees of the State Agency of Medicines to obtain access, with the consent of the person, to the personal data in the health information system as the person may not be competent to assess which of his or her health data predating his or her vaccination are relevant when assessing the connection between the health damage and the vaccination. In the State Agency of Medicines, the relevant experts will assess the connection.
During the debate, Priit Sibul (Isamaa), Tarmo Kruusimäe (Isamaa), Tiiu Aro (Reform Party), Kalle Grünthal (Estonian Reform Party) and Anti Poolamets (Estonian Conservative People’s Party) took the floor. The discussion will be continued in the next regular sitting.
The deliberation of two items on the agenda was deferred
The deliberation of the Bill on Amendments to the Aviation Act and Other Acts (national aviation and the organisation of the use of airspace for national defence purposes) (524 SE), initiated by the Government, and the report for 2022 by Minister of Defence Kalle Laanet on the implementation of the long-term national development strategy “Estonia 2035” was postponed to the next working week.
Verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian)
The video recording of the sitting will be available on the Riigikogu YouTube channel.
(Please note that the recording will be uploaded with a delay.)