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To the Editor:—
The report on the new Swedish hospitals published on page 470 of The Journal dated Oct. 26, 1946 does not give a true picture. It is felt that your correspondent has gone too far. Conditions in Sweden and in the United States are quite different. In Sweden we have always had government directed medicine, just as we have had government directed education and government built railroads and water power plants.The Swedes do not claim to have solved the problem of providing the best of medical care for all at reasonable cost. Neither do they claim, for instance, to have solved the housing problem with their very modern but rather small apartments. They are, however, progressive in their thinking and refuse to abide by old methods.The two new giant hospitals in Stockholm probably represent an experiment to some extent, but they ought to be interesting also
Oldenburg G. SOCIAL MEDICINE IN SWEDEN. JAMA. 1947;134(2):207. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880190095026