The average age of specialists in Iceland is now more than 55, according to Kristján Guðmundsson, the head of the association for medical specialists in Iceland.
Landspítali National University Hospital (foreground). Photo copyright Icelandic Photo Agency.
In the last five years, the average age has gone up by five years as there has been no renewal of new doctors returning to Iceland after specializing abroad.
“A large proportion of the specialists are over 60 today ... It takes time for young doctors to complete their studies and training,” he told ruv.is.
It is hoped that a new wage agreement with Sjúkratryggingar Íslands (Icelandic Health Insurance) will encourage Icelandic medical students and young doctors to return home.