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January 12, 1976

Medical Care in Sweden

Author Affiliations

Central Hospital Halmstad, Sweden

JAMA. 1976;235(2):145. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260280013010

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To the Editor.—  It would be unfortunate if the readers of The Journal would base their opinion about Swedish health care on the false and biased allegations made by our colleague Dr Lofstead (232:1328, 1975). Obviously, he has completely failed to understand the basic ideas of Swedish medical care.As in the United States, we have in our country private practitioners in addition to publicly employed physicians. It is only by continual expansion of the public health care system, however, that we have been able to fulfill our aims: to guarantee every citizen optimal medical care independent of economic status. Of course, there are problems in Swedish health care. A shortage of physicians has been a limiting factor for several years. Nevertheless, every acutely ill person will get adequate care without delay (12 crowns [$3]) and everyone, if needed, gets specialist and hospital care without further expense.Waiting lines for