Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Swedes on stand by

Although outcomes are rated as 'good', waiting times for health treatment in Sweden are now the longest in Europe.

Long waits are a hallmark of government health care anywhere it's employed. When the perception exists that treatment is free (it is not; Swedes pay more than half their gross income in taxes to support the welfare state), system overuse is inevitable. People can think of no reason to self-ration care. They show up in emergency rooms and doctor's offices with conditions for which they wouldn't seek treatment if they paid directly at the time of service, says IBD.


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