CARDIOLOGY IN SCANDINAVIA

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Working as a Cardiologist in Sweden

There is currently a growing need for specialist doctors in Scandinavian countries, especially in Sweden, and cardiology is one of those required specialities. This demand is set to increase in the upcoming future.

Regarding scientific research conducted in Sweden, it covers a broad spectrum of cardiology and is usually divided into research groups, each one of them being subdivided into smaller scientifically independent teams. The research deals with the major cardiovascular areas and is often originated in diagnostic problems investigated in the experimental laboratory-based projects and in clinical studies.

Working as a Cardiologist in Norway

Norway has a physician density of 250 inhabitants per doctor, which is among the highest in Europe, and an almost fully state-regulated healthcare system. There are about 200 working cardiologists, 30 of whom work in private practice. Local communities are responsible for primary care. Regional healthcare companies manage all specialised care; they deliver the licenses and pay an income to the specialist, who is then obliged to work in their office for 37.5 hours a week for at least 44 weeks a year. Patients’ fees are added to that wage.

Working as a Cardiologist in Denmark

In Denmark, treatment and care are based on national and international guidelines, and individualised to meet every patient’s specific needs. Each specific diagnosis is managed by a cross-disciplinary team of medical specialists and specially trained professionals. In order to advance clinical and basic science and patient care, research and teaching is an integrated part of clinical practice in the main Danish hospitals. Denmark entails about 270 authorised heart specialist doctors, the highest part being employed by public hospitals.

Part of the job is to collaborate closely with other medical specialists and nurses to integrate their divergent skills and experience so as to optimise all patients’ care and treatment.