There will be a shortage of 2,300 doctors in Switzerland in less than 10 years

There will be a shortage of 2,300 doctors in Switzerland in less than 10 years
There will be a shortage of 2,300 doctors in Switzerland in less than 10 years

General internal medicine is essential to the functioning of the Swiss health system.Image: Shutterstock

General internal medicine will lose 44% of its staff in ten years. Switzerland is facing a real problem.

Within ten years, Switzerland will need more than 2,300 new general internists, warns the Swiss Society of General Internal Medicine (SSMIG). Policymakers are called upon to create a framework offering attractive training and working conditions to fill this gap.

Over the next ten years, general internal medicine (MIG) will lose 44% of its human workforce, the SSMIG wrote on Friday. This decline is mainly linked to retirements and the reduction in occupancy rates.

What are these doctors specifically for?

General internal medicine is an essential link in the Swiss health system, underlines the SSMIG. In particular, it assumes a central coordination mission. GPs ensure that the left hand knows what the right hand is doing in healthcare.

The SSMIG conducted a survey to which 2030 of its members responded. It appears that 232 full-time jobs disappear each year. In addition, the population in Switzerland will increase by one million people by 2033, according to the Federal Statistical Office.

How to avoid a shortage?

To avoid a shortage of doctors, the SSMIG recommends several measures. Switzerland must, for example, direct universities towards the teaching of primary care medicine in addition to advanced medicine. This is to put an end to unnecessary limitations on the admission of MIG specialist doctors, as is planned in the canton of Bern.

Finally, future doctors specializing in MIG need a sufficient number of study places and postgraduate training, but also a working environment allowing them to ideally prepare for their future activity as a general practitioner in the hospital or in office. (jah/ats)

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