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health care

Shortage of Doctors Hitting Local Authority Budgets Hard

Published måndag 22 december 2008 kl 11.13

Local authorities across Sweden are paying a high price to hire in extra doctors.

Due to a staffing shortage many health centres are turning to employment agencies to fill vacancies.

But a study be Swedish public radio shows that last year these costs rose by over 20 percent.

Rather than get a permanent place at a health centre qualified doctors can earn double by working through an agency.

The total bill for agency doctors in primary care was over 116 million USD last year.

The county of Norrbotten in the far North was hardest hit, while Dalarna county, to the North-West of Stockholm is the only area that has managed to reduce dependence on agency doctors.

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