Why are more Swedes seeking healthcare abroad as care sought in the EEA countries soar
Thursday, 26 September 2013
Today it has emerged that more Swedish people are seeking healthcare abroad. Why?
New law simplifying the number of people seeking healthcare in other
European countries has led to the dramatic increase in the amount of
Swedish people seeking healthcare abroad.
From 2011 to 2012 it has nearly doubled the number of cases where
people going abroad, data from the Swedish Social Insurance,
The amount of Swedes seeking planned healthcare abroad / graphic, Swedish television
Last year, 4,453 cases of compensation for planned treatment in EEA
countries, i.e. all EU countries, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein was
reported. The cost was at least Skr61 million, according to figures
from the Försäkringskassan, reports Swedish television.
Illnesses such as eye diseases / injuries, lead in care sought by the
Swedes. Dental and skin diseases / injuries come in second and third
On October 1, a new law came into effect that makes it possible for
patients to receive advanced notice from the social insurance service
if they will be reimbursed for care in an EEA countries.
One of the drivers for this increase has to do with the waiting times
in Swedish hospitals. Increased efficiency planning means that
healthcare provision has shrunk and waiting time becomes the norm. Thus
with this new law, people just go abroad and ask the governed through
the social Insurance organisation, Försäkringskassan, to pay.
One fear though has to do with the rise in things such as multi-drug
resistant bacteria, which has been observed common in Europe. The
Swedish authorities are seeking the assurance of quality of the systems
where Swedes go for cure.
Sweden is known to lead in almost all powerful international macro and
micro economic indicators such as having some of the best quantity
healthcare system. Lots of references are made as to how the Swedish
healthcare systems is a model and there were times when some Swedish
officials thought that the Swedish healthcare model was ripe for export
It remains to be debated as to whether a system that lacks the ability to provide in house care could be considered efficient.
by Scancomark.com Team
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