In a recent article on cross-border healthcare (“Have illness, will travel?”, 24-30 March), you looked ahead to the directive on cross-border healthcare, which has since been formally adopted, and wrote that “relatively few people are expected to take advantage of the law”, noting that current cross-border care is worth €10 billion, less than 1% of current healthcare spending”.
What we found by including Canada into our well-established European ranking of health-care systems was that Canada cannot compete. Canada took the 23rd place out of 30, actually doing well only in the category of treatment outcomes.
If consumers had better access to information about their health and how to navigate the health-care system, they would be capable of addressing the inequalities and malfunctions of today. The Health Consumer Index gives consumers this information so they can make informed decisions about their health care.
To make hospitals depend more on the income they generate by attracting patients and performing treatments has a radical “psychological impact” on the organization – Sweden
EU citizens are now entitled to seek medical care anywhere within the EU and to have it paid for by their country of domicile.
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.
International ranking agencies today seriously challenge the official view of the Canadian healthcare system as a rare jewel. Rare perhaps, but with a fading lustre.