Misunderstandings between doctors and patients mean that sick immigrants miss treatment. Immigrants are sent from one ward to another when they're sick and come to a hospital. Some shouldn't be admitted while others get treatment too late.
A quarter of doctors think that immigrants don't get the treatment they need, according to numbers from the Danish national board of health (Sundhedsstyrelsen). The problem is now so great that Odense University Hospital has opened up an exclusive immigrant ward.
Morten Sodemann, who will start up the new ward after New Year's, says that they can see that there are too many patients who go round the system and that there are delays in diagnosis.
Misunderstandings have grave consequences for the patient, but also for the hospital, which wastes time and money sending the patient from one ward to the other.
Source: Berlingske Tidende (Danish)