The number of pharmacists per inhabitant varied widely among the EU Member States. In 2015, Malta recorded the highest number of practising pharmacists (129 per 100,000 inhabitants), followed by Belgium (121), Spain (119) and Italy (115), latest Eurostat data reveal.
The majority of the Member States reported 50 – 110 pharmacists per 100,000 inhabitants, although the Netherlands (21) was below this range.
The number of practising pharmacists per 100 000 inhabitants increased between 2010 and 2015 at a relatively fast pace in Cyprus and Malta, followed by Spain and Romania. According to Eurostat, Romania has 86 pharmacists per 100,000 inhabitants.
Dentists, on the rise in Romania, up 28% during 2010-2015
On the basis of a comparison in relation to population numbers, Bulgaria recorded the highest number of dentists, at 105 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2015. This was slightly higher than in Cyprus (103) and these were the only two EU Member States where there were more than 100 practising dentists per 100,000 inhabitants. By contrast, there were fewer than 50 practising dentists per 100 000 inhabitants in Slovakia (professionally active dentists), Malta and, most notably, Poland (33.2 per 100,000 inhabitants).
The number of practising dentists per 100 000 inhabitants remained relatively unchanged in most of the EU Member States between 2010 and 2015; there were, however, seven Member States where this ratio increased by at least 10 additional dentists per 100,000 inhabitants. The largest absolute changes were recorded in Bulgaria (with an additional 20 dentists per 100 000 inhabitants between 2010 and 2015), Romania (17) and Portugal (15; dentists licensed to practise, note also there is a break in series).
The highest relative increase in the number of dentists was recorded in Romania (up 28 % between 2010 and 2015) and there were also relatively large gains in Spain (up 23 %; dentists licensed to practise) and Bulgaria (up 23 %). By contrast, there were four Member States where the number of dentists per 100 000 inhabitants fell between 2010 and 2015. The biggest reductions were recorded in Finland (-9 %; 2010-2014), Denmark (-7 %; 2010-2014) and Greece (-5 %; dentists licensed to practise), while the change in Slovakia (professionally active dentists) was relatively small (-1 %).
Romanian scores low on physiotherapists, Finland tops the ranking
On the other side, when it comes down to physiotherapists across the EU states, Romania “boasts” a low score, posting only 6 per 100,000 inhabitants, while Finland tops the ranking, with 270 per 100 000 inhabitants, although the country is sparsely populated, Eurostat survey reads.
Between 2010 and 2015, Portugal, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands were the only EU Member States to report a decrease in their respective number of practising physiotherapists per 100,000 inhabitants; the biggest contraction was recorded in the Netherlands (note there is a break in series) where the number of practising physiotherapists fell by 14 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Latvia and Romania both recorded relatively low numbers of physiotherapists per 100,000 inhabitants in 2015, although in both of these EU Member States the accessibility of physiotherapists almost doubled between 2010 and 2015; there was an even faster expansion in the number of physiotherapists in Cyprus (note however there is a break in series). By contrast, the number of physiotherapists per 100,000 inhabitants was already relatively high in 2010 but nevertheless grew at a relatively fast pace between 2010 and 2015 in Germany and Luxembourg.