The experiment spread to the whole country two years later.
At the turn of the year, the scheme becomes permanent when it is written into the general practitioners’ agreement.
A nursing home physician gets stuck past the nursing home to which they are affiliated, next to their regular medical practice.
Here they look after the residents who have them as a doctor and need to see them, and they teach the staff and review the residents’ medication when necessary.
Steen Rank Petersen, who is head of health in Gladsaxe Municipality, can also see several of the good results that the pilot project showed at the nursing homes in his municipality, which has an affiliated doctor.
– The acute inquiries are greatly minimized, and there is far more control over the medicine, he says.
Steen Rank Petersen adds that he is happy that it will be part of the agreement in the future.
Jørgen Skadborg, who is a general practitioner and chairman of the General Practitioners’ Organization (PLO), is also well satisfied with the scheme.
– You can believe it, he says.
Rikke Hamfeldt, a senior consultant at Ældre Sagen, points out clear benefits for the elderly.
– The scheme is a really big advantage for the nursing home residents – it provides a great sense of security and satisfaction for them.
Despite the popularity, only 44 percent of the municipalities had doctors attached to the scheme at all their nursing homes in 2020. This is shown by figures from the National Association of Local Authorities.
Jørgen Skadborg points to two problems that challenge the scheme.
Because the project was first funded through the rate pool funds from 2016 to 2019 and thus was temporary, it may have made several skeptics, he believes.
But the biggest inhibition is a shortage of GPs, he says.
Last year, 81 percent of the municipalities had a nursing home doctor at at least one care center.
Source: The Nordic Page