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Iceland’s Healthcare System to Be Restored

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Iceland’s Healthcare System to Be Restored

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Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, acting Minister of Finance Illugi Gunnarsson, Minister of Health Kristján Þór Júlíusson, chair of the Icelandic Medical Association Þorbjörn Jónsson and chair of the Association of Icelandic Surgeons Kristín Huld Haraldsdóttir signed a joint declaration of intent on restoring the Icelandic healthcare systemon Thursday, following up on the new wage contracts, ruv.is reports.

The eight-point declaration includes: 1) involving doctors more in policymaking in healthcare and distribution of state funds; 2) better clinical management of healthcare institutions comparable to the other Nordic countries; 3) gradual increase in funding and better use of funds; 4) increased productivity in healthcare while maintaining good service; 5) improved work conditions with the building of a new hospital; 6) better collaboration between healthcare institutions; 7) overall review of the healthcare system’s operations; 8) the wages of doctors will continue to be improved.

Opposition MPs, Guðmundur Steingrímsson, who chairs Bright Future, and Guðbjartur Hannesson of the Social Democrats expressed their content with the declaration, although the wording is open, leaving room for doubt, as Guðmundur commented to ruv.is.

Guðbjartur, who used to serve as minister of welfare, stresses that if a different form of operation is adapted, one must make sure that everyone still has access to the healthcare system.

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