Originally posted by Stringman
Terje, What is it like in Sweden?
Well, we do pay higher taxes for one thing. The high taxes pay for health insurance, it's for everybody. Doesn't matter if you're poor, basically you get the best medical care you can get in any public hospital.
We have private hospitals too, mainly for people who want operations done sooner and stuff. People have private health insurance too, for basically the same reason, they want things to be even better.
Our public hospitals are the top of the line, this is where you find the best doctors and the most resources. Mainly cause they are big they attract the best people, if you want to develop as a doctor (or nurse) these are the places to work.
There are fees to pay when you see a doctor or a nurse though. They aren't huge, it's more like $30 (less for visiting a nurse, more like $10). Which incidentally is enough to stop me from seeing a doctor too often
We do have serious problems though with the budget of this health care system. We are now able to treat a lot of things that we weren't yesterday and this costs a lot of money. There is a debate right now in Sweden on what diseases should actually fall under public health care.