Competing Hospitals and Providers Work Miracles – September 13, 2004
To make hospitals depend more on the income they generate by attracting patients and performing treatments has a radical “psychological impact” on the organization - Sweden
Important step towards a European care market – March 5, 2004
EU citizens are now entitled to seek medical care anywhere within the EU and to have it paid for by their country of domicile.
Real thinkers don't fear changes to health care – August 7, 2003
Frontier responds to Naomi Lakritz column criticizing Swedish health reforms
The End of the Beginning – June 26, 2003
The End of the Beginning – a short international update on the Stockholm healthcare revolution – summarises the healthcare advances made in Stockholm during the 1990s, describing the reforming process and its good results, but also the new difficulties that have cropped up along the way.
Political Prestige or Consumer Focus? – May 20, 2003
International ranking agencies today seriously challenge the official view of the Canadian healthcare system as a rare jewel. Rare perhaps, but with a fading lustre.
Social Democrats Welcome Private Companies into Swedish Healthcare – March 12, 2003
The Social Democratic Minister of Health, Lars Engqvist, is now explicitly welcoming more private – even for-profit – players into Swedish healthcare.
Health Care Treatment Prices In Swedish Hospitals – November 20, 2002
How Sweden uses "Diagnostic Related Groups" or DRGs to price treatment procedures in hospitals; this item includes the prices for almost 500 treatments (converted in Canadian dollars). How much does it cost for a heart transplant in Sweden? Find out here.
Despite Elections: Health Reforms Continue – October 20, 2002
Sweden's 2002 election result will slow, not stop or reverse trend to consumer-oriented healthcare reforms
The Health Care Revolution in Stockholm – September 12, 2002
The first English-language introduction to the Stockholm County Council’s full-scale experiment in systematic change.
User Fees For Health Care In Sweden – May 1, 2002
Before the Swedish health-care system was socialized in 1970, patients paid out-of-pocket for a fairly large proportion of services.
When The Employees Take Over… – February 1, 2002
This is a completely different working place today compared with seven years ago. Today we stand on our own.
Competition in Emergency Healthcare – October 1, 2001
The Stockholm metropolitan area has witnessed a rapid transition in the style and format of health care. The new, competition-based model of public healthcare is now about to hit the emergency room and operating theatre in that city.
The Internet Empowers Swedish Healthcare Consumers – May 1, 2001
In Stockholm healthcare consumers can go online to compare waiting lists and choose between private and public providers.
Swedish Healthcare in Transition – February 1, 2001
The day in October when I returned to Sweden, the Social Democrat government, with Green Party support, finally presented a bill intended to forbid the selling of emergency hospitals to profit-making companies.