The End of the Beginning

Commentary, Healthcare & Welfare, Johan Hjertqvist


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. To prevent the Stockholm model from becoming a sick man itself, radical new approaches are needed to strengthen economic incentives and market mechanism. Are there any politicians with the courage to go further?

One thing, though, is certain. Healthcare in Stockholm will never revert to the allocation funding and command economy of the 1980s. The move towards consumer control, diversity and network healthcare has gone too far for that to be possible. The change we have so far experienced is merely the end of the beginning of a much bigger historical process. You ain’t seen nothing yet!

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