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Adding the patient perspective to health technology assessment

Health technology assessments (HTAs) aim to measure the cost effectiveness of a given treatment or set of treatments for a specific patient populations.  Often, these assessments are conducted from the point of view of the payer–either a national health system or the individual insurer perspective.  This payer focused perspective can often focus largely on treatment costs rather […]

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Is Finland ending welfare?

Maybe yes.  According to City Journal: This year, the Finnish government hopes to begin granting every adult citizen a monthly allowance of €800 (roughly $900). Whether rich or poor, each citizen will be free to use the money as he or she sees fit. The idea is that people are responsible for their actions. If […]

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International Healthcare Models: Sweden, Norway and Finland

Here is my earlier review on Norway.  The information below on Sweden and Finland has not yet been presented before in my blog. SWEDEN Hospitals There are 4 types of medical facilities: local health centers, county level hospitals, district level hospitals, and regional teaching hospitals. Local health centers are staffed by GPs, nurses, midwives, occupational therapists, […]

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