If you are interested in working as a neurologist in Denmark / Scandinavia, Medicolink finds it relevant for you to become acquainted with the following information, prior to your recruitment process.
General info on the Danish healthcare system
Healthcare service in Denmark is almost exclusively covered publicly, 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 patients are treated in the public institutions.
Neurology in Denmark
The average Danish working week is 37 hours and the starting salary for a specialist doctor is about 108 665 EUR yearly (including pension benefits). The need for neurologists has increased through the years, and the demand is expected to continue.
Neurologists in Denmark mainly work in hospitals, but a few neurologists also work within private practices. You will therefore have several work options in Denmark: practising as a medical specialist, staff specialist or consultant at neurological and clinical neuro-physiological departments. In Denmark the neurological specialty is independent and covers diagnostics, treatment, and prevention of organic diseases in the central and peripheral nervous system and muscle diseases in the neuro-muscular passage. Around the country there are different neurological research centres that work with more or less specialised neurological aspects. There is the DNC, which seeks to strengthen the development of new treatments of brain diseases and to increase knowledge about how the brain functions, Hammel Neurocenter, which is a specialized neurorehabilitation hospital and the Danish Dementia Research Centre, which strives towards preventing dementia and to create better life quality for patients diagnosed with dementia, their relatives, and caregivers.
Societies for neurologists
DNS: Danish Neurological Association has about 500 members. The purpose of the association is to improve medical education, science and development within neurology in Denmark. Once a year there is a joint meeting for all the members, and among other things recent neurological findings are presented and discussed.