Danish government turns to doctors to tackle rising absenteeism from work

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 24 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:908
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

    The Danish government is concerned about an increase in the number of employees who are missing work because of illness. It has enlisted the help of the Danish Medical Association to devise a plan to help keep people working and to cut disability payments.

    A recent study coordinated by the Danish Ministry of Employment calculated that the national cost of missed work because of illness in wages and sick benefits in 2006 was 37bn Danish kroner (£4bn; €5bn; $8bn), or about 2.3% of gross domestic product. Particularly worrisome is the finding …

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