The total number of GP visits in 2019 was just over 166,000, which is a 4% increase on 2018. About 4,000 of these visits were made by people residing abroad.
Summary of GP activity in 2019:
- There were, on average, 3.1 GP consultations per resident across the country
- More women than men visited GPs
- School-age children were the least frequent GP visitors
- In Norðoyggjar and in Suðuroy, 1-2% of consultations took place outside regular office hours, compared to 12% in the Suðurstreymoy
- Sandoy had the highest number of consultations per capita and Suðurstreymoy the lowest
The data, provided by the Public Health Insurance, covers the 2016-2019 period and outlines the distribution of GP consultations according to area of residence, time of day, age and gender.
The lowest average number of annual GP visits per capita in 2019 was in Suðurstreymoy (2.9), and the highest numbers were in Sandoy (4.5) and Vágar (4.0).
A vast majority of consultations (93%) took place during the office hours of Monday-Friday 8am-4pm.
The gender ratio for GP visits was 55% women and 45% men. In the 0-15 age groups, however, the ratio was roughly equal.
With 1.5-1.7 visits per person, school-age children were the least frequent GP visitors in 2019. This frequency then increases gradually with age, topping at an average of 6 visits per person in the 76-85 age group.
These figures do not include preventive or prophylactic treatment such as vaccinations, contraceptive advice, health checks of pregnant women and medical examinations of children. Phone or online consultations are also not included.