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Hiring cost of medical practitioners in Swedish hospital rise to Skr 339 million

Thursday, 07 June 2012
Swedish Hospital spending last year soared as more and more doctors were hired through temporary agencies. Doctors that are being hired via this medium cost Skr339 million, an increase of 35 percent compared to 2010.

“I think it is unfortunate that we ended up in a situation where we have such high costs for staffing doctors,” says Soren Kviberg (Left party), chairman of the personnel committee of the Region, Västra Götaland.

He believes that should the national healthcare facilities had their own staff, the budget expenditure would have not been as great.

Last year there were increased hospital costs by 35 percent just by purchasing medical services from agencies. The main reason for the increase is that the hospitals wanted to reduce waiting times so that more people receive care, and to do this, hospitals have had to hire extra staff that they could not own themselves.
Swedish healthcare is great but due to intense streamlining, waiting and length of stay has been a growing problem in the past and the queue in these components has been very long.
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