Pellworm – the Next St. Kilda?
DOI: 10.3238/zfa.2013.0302-0307german translation / full article
Abstract: The increasing shortage of family physicians has tightened consequences for rural areas. And beyond any doubt the ongoing decline of villages will be accelerated. Islands will especially suffer from that situation since people have no possibility to get access to distant surgeries. The example of the North Sea island of Pellworm demonstrates possible options to secure physician supply and consequently the complete medical care in rural areas. Political will and the energy of those directly affected are required to put those options into reality.