If you are interested in working as a rheumatologist 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.
Facts on being a rheumatologist in Denmark
The Danish Society for Rheumatology knows of 400 rheumatologists in Denmark, but it is unclear exactly how many rheumatologists work there. As a rheumatologist you have a 37 hour working week and the minimum wage is about 108 665 EUR yearly (including pension benefits).
Rheumatologists in Denmark mainly work in hospitals as medical specialists. As a rheumatologist, you will treat patients who suffer from diseases that are related to the locomotive apparatus, which in many cases also involves other organ systems. You will therefore encounter patients suffering from both acute and chronic diseases, among these inflammatory joint and connective tissue diseases, acute and chronic back pains,work or sport related repetitive strain injuries.
Societies for the rheumatology
Danish Society for Rheumatology: The society seeks to encourage research, education, prevention and treatment within rheumatology. Furthermore, they want to give guidance as to how rheumatology should develop and where it should be placed in the Danish Health Care system.