A new report suggests that doctors in Hungary, the Slovak Republic, and the Czech Republic have the highest number of consultations, with more than 3,000 consultations per doctor per year. Meanwhile, doctors in Sweden, Denmark, Austria and Finland have the lowest number, with less than 1,500 consultations per doctor per year.
The Health at a Glance: Europe 2018 report, published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Commission shows that in 2016 doctors in these countries saw each patient 10 times in a 12-month period. Doctors in Sweden, Finland and Denmark had the lowest number of consultations per patient per year, at five. The EU average is 7.5 consultations per patient per year, with most countries reporting five to eight visits.
The authors stressed that these indicators should not be taken as a measure of doctors’ productivity, given that consultations "can vary in length and effectiveness", and because they also exclude the services doctors deliver for hospital inpatients and other tasks.