(IceNews, 8 December 2009) -- Thorvaldur Ingvarsson, Medical Manager at Iceland’s Akureyri Hospital, said at a meeting with Greenlandic counterparts and the country’s Minister for Health that Iceland should send doctors to Greenland. One in every four medical positions in Greenland is currently unmanned, RUV reports. This situation means that Iceland should look very carefully at sending medical staff to work for set temporary periods in Greenland, Ingvarsson said. The Greenlandic health minister and an entourage have been in Iceland for the last few days being introduced to the Icelandic healthcare system; both in Reykjavik and Akureyri. Thorvaldur Ingvarsson says that Iceland’s health service could be very useful to Greenland. The assistance could come in the form of staff exchanges between the two countries or the “rental” of Icelandic staff to Greenland. It is also thought that serious medical procedures on Greenlanders could halve in cost if performed in Iceland instead of in Denmark.
Posted 9 December 2009; 10:12:44 PM. Permalink