It's quite marvellous what living in a socialist society does to your perception and moral. When I read your recent post on the coming cuts to UK healthcare, my spontaneous thought was :
"Doesn't seem to bad. I've heard of worse here at home. "
Having lived my entire life in a public healthcare system, I guess I am not fully able to grasp what it would mean to actually be able to rely on getting the healthcare necessary, if and when you need it. Healthcare in Sweden is good, assuming you get it. Everyone knows that to get it you have to be a large enough pain in the behind of bureucrats, doctors, hospital staff and/or anyone else that might help you in your quest for care just to make you go away. Just as an example, we have lots of people dying while they wait for surgery. Old people generally don't get really risky treatments (hip replacements? dont think so). The thing that frightens me the most is that I just shrug and say "whats new?". I recall a history of a woman who hurt her neck and had a constant headache for three or four years, until she finally went to another country where they performed a simple surgery that kept the bones in her neck stable. She paid something like a years salary for this - but if it weren't for foreign healthcare she would have had a head-ache for the rest of her life. Why? The surgery wasn't standardized in Sweden, considered too risky, and bureucrats therefore kept standing in her way.
I guess it will be harder for those of you who have actually had real healthcare - I just make sure not to get sick, mostly....
Monday, July 26, 2010
The Truth About Healthcare in Sweden
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