A Brief Note On The Swedish Healthcare System

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Every country in the world is left with the same question: how do we take care of the people within our country, and how do we do it efficiently and effectively? This subject is widely debated, as there are plenty of healthcare systems out there. Nevertheless, the most desirable system for a given country will never be completely agreed upon. The United States has recently adopted Obamacare, which, like any other new system, has been subject to harsh scrutiny. Presidential campaigns are beginning and many candidates have voiced their opinions on how to change Obamacare or simply repealing it altogether and going back to what we had before. The healthcare debate often causes people to ask themselves how we are doing compared to other…show more content…
They are also in charge of developing principles and guidelines for this healthcare system. The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) represent the 20 county councils and 290 municipalities. SALAR is in charge of making agreements with the central government as it pertains to healthcare (Health Care in Sweden). The county councils must collect income taxes and provide hospitals and general practitioners, while the municipalities are responsible for providing municipal care. In a broad perspective, Sweden’s healthcare system is simple, but the simplicity is not as important as how efficient and effective it is. Sweden boasts an impressive life expectancy of 83.7 years for women and 80.1 years for men. Another important statistic that demonstrates the results of medicine in Sweden is the maternal mortality rate, which is one of the lowest in the world. Currently, less than four out of 100,000 women die in birth, while fewer than three out of 1,000 babies do not make it through birth. Sweden also has one of Europe’s largest elderly population percentages with 19.4 percent of the country’s population was 65 or older as of 2013 (Health Care in Sweden). After an initial examination, no patient should have to wait more than 90 days to see a specialist, and no more than 90 days for an operation or treatment, once it has been determined what care is needed. If the waiting time is exceeded, patients are offered care elsewhere;
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