Danish Government funds 67 million DKK for pain management

On 25 October the Danish Government published the distribution of future public fundings in the health care sector: 67 million DKK (9 million €) have been earmarked for the pain area between 2013-2016. Following this period, additional 15 million will be put aside each year.

The political parties allocating the budgets have agreed on raising the bar of the pain area in order to ensure better and more effective treatment. In this way one expects better pain treatment at an earlier stage. The government’s decision is expected to prevent the often seen worsening – or even “chronification” - of the pain conditions and - consequently - the persistent need for pain medications.

More specifically, the ring-fenced money will be used for additional education of GPs raising their qualifications in the pain therapy area. Moreover, the money will be spend on raising the capacity of multi-disciplinary pain clinics and thus reduce waiting time. The cooperation between GPs and pain clinics will also be addressed.

The official press release (Danish) you can find on the Government website.The final agreement (Danish) you can find here.