Working as a GP in Denmark
If you are interested in working as a GP in Denmark / Scandinavia, Medicolink finds it relevant for you to become acquainted with the following information, prior to your recruitment process.
Healthcare service in Denmark is almost exclusively covered publicly and financed by the five regions. The health services are organized into a primary healthcare sector (GPs and private practicing specialist doctors) and a secondary healthcare sector (hospitals and outpatient units), i.e. the GPs function as gatekeepers for the hospitals and specialist doctors. There are a number of private clinics, but the highest proportion of the patients is treated in the public institutions.
There are currently about 3700 GPs in Denmark, and since 2001, this number has only increased by 41 doctors, which is an increase of less than 1 %. Family medicine specialists are therefore in high demand.
The weekly working hours in Denmark is 37 hours, which contributes to a higher level of work-life balance of a doctor than in almost all other countries in Europe. The estimated average monthly salary for a GP is 70.000 DKK, but this varies depending on the practice. According to a careful estimate, you can expect your annual income to be 120.800 EUR or above.
GPs in Denmark are self-employed. They have an agreement with the Danish authorities, who pay the GPs for every patient who comes to the doctor’s office, and for the various other services the doctors provide. In addition to this, the practice also gets a set yearly amount per patient assigned to their clinic. Most GPs strive to have continuity in relation to their patients and to build a trusting and confidential relationship to each one. Patients usually use the same GP for as many years as possible. The GPs are responsible for running their own practice, rent, remodelling/rebuilding, staff, inventory, training, etc. In later years, it has become increasingly popular for GPs to form medical centres and share the burden and costs of running the clinic.
General practices play a central role as the patient’s primary entry point into the health care system, and the GPs are responsible for the roles as generalist, gatekeeper, coordinator and sometimes they just lend a friendly ear in a difficult situation. General practices’ fundamental function is the independent examination, assessment and treatment of most of the symptoms, illnesses and health issues that the citizens contact the healthcare system about.
To get authorization and employment as a staff consultant or chief specialist in Denmark, an education matching the Danish model and fulfilling the training standards of the appropriate articles of Council directive 2005/36/EF, is necessary. Naturally, knowledge of the Danish language is an important factor as well, in terms of cooperation with patients and colleagues. The Danish model of medical education consists of 6 years of general medical training, which provides the MD degree, one year basic clinical training and a specialist training which might take between 4 and 7 years. The basic clinical training includes working at two of the following places: a medical department, a surgical department, a psychiatric department and a GP. At each place you have to work 6 months.
PLO (Praktiserende Lægers Organisation): Almost all GPs in Denmark are members of PLO. PLO looks out for the GPs economic and professional interests. A board of nine GPs, who have been elected by its members, runs PLO.
You can read more information about PLO here.
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