Country doctors are few and far between in Germany. General practitioners in the countryside earn around 20 percent less than their colleagues in the cities. In the eastern states in particular, many working doctors either go abroad or to large urban hospitals and specialized practices, where there are more private patients and therefore more money to be earned. The result is an ever-worsening doctor shortage outside the cities, which health ministry officials in the state of Brandenburg now hope to reverse with a unique project — allowing doctors from eastern Europe to pick up the slack. The initiative, unveiled this week, is a win-win idea. It foresees countering the doctor shortfall in Brandenburg by allocating out-of-work doctors from former communist countries to country practices — not only helping integrate Germany’s minorities into the working world but also helping solve what has become an acute problem within the health services. The Eastern European element Many old people are reluctant to get into homes In fact, eastern Europeans have long been a presence within Germany’s health services. As Germany struggles to cope with an ageing population, carers from eastern Europe are stepping in to help the country meet a growing need for… Read full this story
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