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Myth vs. Facts: Swedish Health Care

June 26, 2011 by

The myth of Sweden as the successful socialist experiment continues to thrive – despite and in direct contrast to the available facts. On his blog, Carl Svanberg recently summarized the state of Swedish health care using recent news reports. It is a nasty image of advanced and high-tech health care that is unavailable when needed, strictly rationed, and where medical personnel dissuade dying people from seeking care.

But let’s not forget that the myth is so much more important for socialist-oriented politicians aiming to nationalize private industry (like Obama), than facts could ever be.


Ohhh Henry June 26, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Instead she advised the mother to clean the wound, apply pressure and give her daughter aspirin which would give them eight hours to get to the nearest hospital, according to SvD.

Isn’t aspirin a blood thinner, and if so then why would you give it to someone with a bleeding wound? Maybe they can’t afford Tylenol in Sweden.

In the Canadian socialist medical system they don’t ration ambulance trips but I believe they charge $50 or so for them. Ambulances containing patients are frequently queued up outside the hospital emergency entrances, or else sent driving many miles to another hospital.

Bruce June 26, 2011 at 11:49 pm

In Canada, the provinces nominally have jurisdiction over health care policies, although the federal rules say you must provide it universally. I’m not sure which province charges $50 for an ambulance ride, but it costs $250 in Saskatchewan, at least in the cities. As you would expect with the higher (and likely much more realistic) price, there are no frequent queues of ambulances outside emergencies. The long queues are inside instead.

Kris June 27, 2011 at 3:22 am

I’m from Ontario and I was billed $45 for an ambulance ride to the hospital when I got sick (that was about 5 years ago so it may have increased since then).

Horst Muhlmann June 27, 2011 at 8:27 am

Looks like socialized medicine is actually working in Cuba.

“Senior allies of Venezuela’s socialist President Hugo Chavez have dismissed reports he is sicker than the government has admitted”

“The normally verbose leader has not been seen in public since a June 10 operation in Cuba to remove a pelvic swelling. His long absence has prompted widespread speculation he may be seriously ill”


Artisan June 27, 2011 at 1:01 pm

You would have thought the internal organs of great socialist leader just take care of each other when one shows a dysfunction.

That was not a civil comment, so I take that back, hoping the guy gets well so he can get a fair trial for his passed crimes at least.

Petra June 27, 2011 at 8:58 am

@Horst Muhlmann: I like your comment ;-))

The social idea of a health system is also in Germany no longer what it once was…

This is a very interesting Contribution – unfortunately in German…


very good blog,
regards from Germany

Artisan June 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Why is this contribution interesti? Please explain. I found it quite naive in fact. I’m not saying the negative image campaign of the German press industry is not serving the bosses agendas. (journalsim IS lobbying many times, and that since the 19th century. Maupassant’s masterpiece “Bel Ami” confirms it). However I see another agenda here when reading the whining comments of a CSU party member too proud not to be “left wing” but too much interested in demonstrating it’s all the fault of privatization and “neo-liberalism”. If this article is to be remembered for something, then this: that not every doctor takes the time to study economy like Dr. Paul did.

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Terese July 22, 2011 at 10:46 am

There are so many holes in the American health care system to criticize one of the most social-oriented countries in the world. Health care in Europe is if not much better at least much reasonably priced.

J. Murray July 22, 2011 at 11:04 am

If I’m reading his bio correctly, he’s Swedish, not American, so this isn’t some national posturing thing.

Terese July 22, 2011 at 11:07 am

Yes I know that. I am talking from my prospective since I live in the USA but also have a view over the European healthcare system and just in my opinion it is better.

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