At Medicolink we continuously provide acquaintance and advice for you, as a cardiologist interested in working in Denmark/Scandinavia. Medicolink has the aim of giving you sufficient information about the Danish healthcare system and the cardiac profession in Denmark, prior to and during your recruitment process alike.
The Danish healthcare system
Most of the healthcare institutions in Denmark are covered publicly and financed by the five administrative regions of Denmark. The Danishhealth care system is divided into a primary healthcare sector, including GPs and private practicing specialist doctors, and a secondary healthcare sector, including hospitals and outpatient units. In this arrangement, family physicians are functioning as gatekeepers for the hospitals and specialist doctors. There are a number of private clinics in Denmark, but the vast majority of patients in Denmark are treated in public institutions.
Cardiology in Denmark
The highest proportion of cardiologists are employed by public hospitals with a few employed in specialist medical practices. As a cardiologist, you will therefore have several work options in Denmark: practicing as a medical specialist, staff specialist or as a clinical advisor.
The average working week in Denmark is 37 hours and the starting salary for a specialist doctor is about 108 665 EUR yearly (including pension benefits). There is currently an increasing demand for cardiologists in the Danish healthcare system, and due to a longer life expectancy and an expected higher mean age of the Danish public, the need for more cardiologists is expected to continue.
Cardiology is an independent specialization in Denmark and covers a wide range of diagnostics and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.
Regarding cardiovascular scientific research in Denmark, there have been an increased activity in the recent years. The Danish National Board of Health is committed to the principle that scientific research should be an integrated part of every cardiology division, and aims to maintain and expand the high scientific level in the field of cardiology, as well as its level of development. For the time being, disease groups as ischemic heart disease, cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure are highly topical subjects, in order to develop capabilities regarding to remote ischemic conditioning (RIC), as well as gene- and stem-cell therapy etc.
Danish Society of Cardiology (DCS)
The Danish Society of Cardiology represents the cardiologic specialization towards the Danish health authorities. Furthermore, the association is advisory to the Danish health authorities regarding professional training in cardiology.
The Danish Society of Cardiology aims to facilitate increased theoretical knowledge and practical progresses in the subject of cardiovascular diseases, as well as to organize scientific conferences for its members.
Website of DCS: http://www.cardio.dk/