Doctor numbers

According to recently released figures from Socialstyrelsen, which is the Swedish National Health Board, the number of doctors in this country has significantly increased in the last 10 years. Between 1996 and 2005 the number of doctors available increased by 28%. Strangely enough, however, there are major shortages of general practitioners and psychiatrists, with hospitals and health centres constantly crying out for doctors. Today I read, furthermore, that despite higher numbers of doctors, the time spent with patients seems to have decreased. So now Socialstyrelsen has decided that it is time for a productivity analysis, to try to discover where the problem lies. Could it possibly be bureacracy?


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