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Majority of Danish ‘ghettos’ without a doctor

15 out of the 25 areas on Denmark’s contentious ‘Ghetto List’ don’t have a general practitioner

The last GP left Tingbjerg in 2015 (photo: GFDL/cc-by-sa-all)
November 29th, 2016 3:07 pm| by Christian W

According to a new report from national broadcaster DR, 15 out of the 25 areas on Denmark’s contentious ‘Ghetto List’ for troubled neighbourhoods don’t have a general practitioner (GP) in the area.

Peter Vedsted, a professor working in the department of public health at Aarhus University, contends that not having a GP can be a problem for the areas’ vulnerable citizens.

“People might think that having to go 2-3 kilometres to a doctor doesn’t mean much, but for handicapped people, or those who have trouble walking or can’t afford transportation, even short distances can mean not going to see a doctor,” Vedsted told DR Nyheder.

“The areas that are in the greatest need of the health sector are actually those that have the fewest resources.”

Vedsted said it was also critical for chronically-ill patients with long treatment processes to be able to see their doctors quickly.

READ MORE: Denmark has fewer marginalised districts than last year

Working on fix
The regional health authority Danske Regioner admitted that an issue exists, confirming that it was taking steps to correct the problem.

One of the possible steps being looked into is to make it more attractive to become a GP in the vulnerable areas.

About 60,000 people live in the areas on the government’s ‘Ghetto List’. The areas often house many non-Western immigrants who don’t have jobs and have a low level of education – indicators that the areas could include people with extra health issues.

Rarely religious
In related news, a new comprehensive Danish-led study has revealed that compared to other nations, far fewer doctors in Denmark would practise their religion in the workplace.

The study, led by the Danish theologist and health researcher Niels Christian Hvidt, revealed that just 10 percent of Danish doctors would say a prayer with a patient.

Meanwhile, 30 percent of Austrian doctors and nearly 60 percent of those practising in the US would say a prayer at the request of a patient.

The research is the first of its kind. In total, 25 researchers contributed to the report, along with doctors in Denmark, Austria, the US, Brazil and Congo.

The 'ghetto' areas with and without a GP:


Tingbjerg/Utterslevhuse, Copenhagen Municipality

Charlotteager, Høje Tåstrup Municipality

Karlemoseparken, Køge Municipality

Æblehaven/Rønnebærparken, Roskilde Municipality

Agervang area, Holbæk Municipality

Ringparken, Slagelse Municipality

Motalavej, Slagelse Municipality

Vollsmose, Odense Municipality

Byparken/Skovparken, Svendborg Municipality

Stengårdsvej area, Esbjerg Municipality

Sundparken, Horsens Municipality

Munkebo, Kolding Municipality

Skovparken/Skovvejen, Kolding Municipality

Løvvangen, Aalborg Municipality


Mjølnerparken, Copenhagen Municipality

Stærevej area, Copenhagen Municipality

Tåstrupgård, Høje Tåstrup Municipality

Gadehavegård, Høje Tåstrup Municipality

Askerød, Greve Municipality

Præstebakken/Syrenparken, Esbjerg Municipality

Korskærparken, Fredericia Municipality

Bispehaven, Aarhus Municipality

Gellerup/Tovshøj, Aarhus Municipality

Sebbersundvej area, Aalborg Municipality