Technical aids

If a doctor has issued a certificate or a rehabilitation institution has noted the need for a technical aid in a rehabilitation plan, a person may turn to whichever company in Estonia that sells or leases technical aids and has a valid contract with the Social Insurance Board to receive the technical aid.

The following persons are entitled to apply for technical aids:

  • a child up to 18 years of age;
  • a disabled child up to 18 years of age;
  • a person of working age, 16 to 63, with at least a 40 per cent loss of work ability;
  • a disabled person aged 18 or over;
  • a person of working age, 16 or over, with a partial or no work ability;
  • a person of pensionable age, 63 or over;
  • a person requiring breast prosthesis;
  • a person requiring eye sphere implants;
  • a person whose decrease of auditory ability has been established to be 30 decibels and more, for the purchase of hearing aids and sound transmission systems.

The following is included in the list of technical aids (pdf, 385 kB, in Estonian):

  • the period of use of the technical aid;
  • a notation with regard to whether the technical aid is sold or leased;
  • maximum quantity of the technical aid by years or months;
  • a notation with regard to whether the technical aid is personal;
  • the limit in the amount of which the state assumes the obligation to pay the fee.

If a person has a valid reason for applying for specifications established for technical aids in the list of technical aids, they must submit to the Social Insurance Board:

  • an application for special procedures (pdf, 378 kB, in Estonian)
  • a copy of a certificate issued by a doctor or the front page of a rehabilitation plan which include personal data;
  • a copy of the page which includes the name or description of the technical aid.

The application may be submitted:

  • by e-mail, if digitally signed, to info@sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee;
  • by regular mail to a regional customer service office
  • at the customer service office of the Social Insurance Board.

The Social Insurance Board processes applications within 30 calendar days.

Personal technical aid card

Technical aids are available for purchasing and lending on the basis of a personal technical aid card.

To apply for a personal technical aid card, a person must have a certificate issued by a doctor or the need for a technical aid identified by a rehabilitation team. In the case of some technical aids (such as tibial prostheses, wheelchairs, mobility scooters, etc.), the need for a technical aid can only be identified by a medical specialist or rehabilitation team.

In the case of children who are under 18 years of age and for whom the degree of severity of a disability has not been determined, only a medical specialist may identify the need for a technical aid, and that upon the issue of a new as well as renewed certificate.

The owner of a valid personal technical aid card who has a valid doctor’s certificate or rehabilitation plan, which include the name, or description of the technical aid may turn to whichever company in Estonia that sells or leases technical aids and has a valid contract with the Social Insurance Board to receive the technical aid.

A person applying for the personal technical aid card for the first time or its duplicate must turn to the Social Insurance Board.

The application (pdf, 406 kB, in Estonian) may be submitted:

  • by e-mail, if digitally signed, to info@sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee
  • by regular mail to a regional customer service office
  • to the customer service office of the Social Insurance Board.

Upon application by e-mail or regular mail, a copy of a valid doctor’s certificate or the front page of a rehabilitation plan, which include personal data, and a copy of the page, which includes the name, or description of the technical aid.

Upon application at a customer service office, an identity document, a doctor’s certificate or rehabilitation plan, which include the name or description of the technical aid, must be presented.

A person between the age of 18 and 26 studying abroad must present a school certificate in addition to an identity card.

A person representing the applicant must present an identity document and the applicant’s doctor’s certificate or rehabilitation plan, which include the name or description of the necessary technical aid.

For more information about the system of technical aids, personal technical aid card and special procedures or technical aids and limits compensated by the state:

  • send an e-mail to info@sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee,
  • send an e-mail to abivahendid@sotsiaalkindlustusamet.ee,
  • call 16106 or 612 1360.

Technical aid necessary for work

A person who needs a technical aid necessary for work only, i.e. not for home or other leisure activity, must submit an application to the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

A case manager will assess whether a person needs a technical aid for performing their duties and determine which technical aid is suitable and given to them free of charge to be used until the end of their employment, but not longer than for three years. The contract concluded for the use of the technical aid may be extended if the technical aid is still necessary for the person for performing their duties.

A person who needs a technical aid necessary for work and everyday life must submit an application to the Social Insurance Board.

To determine which opportunities exist for eliminating the restrictions arising from a disability or state of health during working, contact an office of the Unemployment Insurance Fund and arrange a meeting with a case manager.

Last amended: 06-02-2017 00:00 | Compiled by: Social Insurance Board, Unemployment Insurance Fund