A Monday report that emerged from the Danish health authority advocates a rise in the nation’s medical staff numbers.
The government-run healthcare service has been grieving from a shortage of nurses and there are also limited General Practitioners in the GP clinics. The outcome is that patients don’t get to have a lasting family physician.
However, that is anticipated to change as a result of rising medical programme uptake in universities. By 2045, the Danish Health Authority projects a 60% rise in the number of doctors.
In terms of figures, that will be around 17,305 additional physicians compared to what is obtainable today. In 23 years time, that figure should grow to 45,500. Lack of physicians, particularly in rural areas is one of the major problems facing Denmark.
The combination of rising in severely ill persons and an aging population will necessitate more physicians, acording to Steen Dalsgård Jespersen, the department head of the Danish Health Authority.
“The prospect of having more specialists and physicians is exciting,” said Jespersen.
“When the population of physicians exceeds that of the population, we will have the capacity to properly care for the rising demand for health services in the years to come. An equitable sharing of medical staff among Denmark’s 5 regions is paramount,” he posited in reference to lack of physicians in remote areas.
According to the Danish Health Authority, the projection depends on the “judgment and urgencies in years to come”.