Italy has the oldest MDs in Europe

by Beatrice Credi - 2016.12.16
Italy has the oldest MDs in Europe
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Italy wins the prize for having the oldest MDs in Europe, with more than 1 out of 2 being older than 55 years old (52%). It also wins an award for the country with the least amount of female physicians compared to other EU countries (40% of total). The body that records data for Europe, Eurostat, has released these numbers for 2014. Concerning the age of physicians, a rapid aging of the workforce in the healthcare sector was recorded, due to baby-boomers reach retirement age. The countries with a larger number of doctors are the bigger European nations: Germany (333,000), Italy (236,000), France (206,000), Great Britain (181,000) and Spain (177,000). Together, these countries make up almost 2/3 (64%) of the entire number of doctors who practice in Europe. To the contrary, the nations with fewer physicians in relationship to the total population are: Romania with 272 physicians per 100,000 residents and Poland with the lowest number: 231/100,000.

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