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The Development of Universal Health Care in Sweden

Sweden adopted universal health coverage in 1955.  How did the universal health coverage develop?  A 2004 World Health Organization report provides the answer. Health insurance in the 19th century mostly occurred through mutual aid organizations, which paid out sickness benefits if their members became ill.  By 1885, about 10% of workers had joined “Friendly Societies.”  […]

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Strollers in Sweden

On my recent vacation, I visited Stockholm Sweden.  In addition to walking the beautiful streets of a city made up of 14 islands and eating lots of pastries, I also had my Healthcare Economist glasses on as well.  One thing I noted was the large number of fathers who were walking their babies in a […]

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Be right back…

The Healthcare Economist is taking a vacation to Sweden and Spain over the next week and a half.  Blog posting will resume by Monday, September 12.

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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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