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Sweden faces shortage of family doctors

Interview:"More GPs than 15 years ago"
3:02 min

Sweden is suffering from a shortage of GPs or family doctors, according to a new report by the Swedish Medical Association. It found that the country's hospitals and health clinics need another 1400 doctors.

The reason for the shortage is said to be Sweden's growing elderly population, more psychiatric patients in primary health care and a high average age among the doctors themselves.

Lena Ansvard, a doctor in Stockholm, told Swedish Radio News there could be more problems finding general practitioners in the future, as fewer doctors choose to specialise in general medicine due to the stress and work load in clinics.

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