General Practitioner Discusses the Problems of the Profession in Bulgaria

In an interview for bTV, the GP Dr. Petar Samarev talked about the biggest problems Bulgarian general practitioners are currently facing. 

According to Samarev, the average age of GPs in Bulgaria is 59 years. Samarev claims that every person has their own limits as to how many patients they can take without worrying about the quality of the service they provide. "The problem is, there aren't any young people. "We, doctors, have lost all faith and every time one of us retires it means more patients that have to be redistributed and nobody wants to take on new patients."

He believes that the problems may be resolved if the profession was more appealing. Samarev argues that all doctors want to do is practice medicine. However, if a regular check-up lasts for 10 minutes about 7-8 of them are going to be administrative work. The doctor also adds that for the last 18 years, Bulgaria has lost 1000 GPs. While in the year 2000 there were over 5000 general practitioners now there are only a little over 4000. 

Other experts claim that changing the system might also help. Instead of creating lists of patients for every individual GP, it'd be easier if patients could visit a different doctor every time. This will decrease waiting times, increase competition, and help raise the wages for which the merit is the number of patients you have on your patient list. 

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Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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