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Shortage of GPs in Iceland’s Capital Region

By Iceland Review

If nothing is done to increase the number of general practitioners in Reykjavík and neighboring towns, residents may face a severe shortage of doctors in ten or 15 years when nearly 80 GPs retire.

Young GPs are not being educated quickly enough to replace them.

In an effort to provide the best possible service, it is not recommended that a GP has more than 1,500 people listed, but some family doctors in the capital region have up to 2,300 people registered, Morgunbladid reports.

Many health care centers in the capital region have refused to accept more patients, but with a letter dated January 22, 2007, from Gudmundur H. Einarsson, director of the local health clinics, all health care centers were made obligated to register anyone requesting service.

“It is a peculiar arrangement in health care management when according to law, people have the right to register at the next health care center although they may not be able to receive any service from that center,” said senior physician at the health care center in Árbaer Gunnar Ingi Gunnarsson.

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