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Curing European Health Care
Helen Disney, director of the Stockholm Network, examines recent health care reform movements in Europe that have introduced a consumer driven elements into normally rigid governmentcontrolled programs.
However, she warns that these efforts are often unappreciated by voters and cautions that they may be shortlived. In addition, even reformers have no intention of abandoning Europe's famous commitment to extensive social service programs. Still, they are a reminder that budget conscious policymakers across the developed world are finding creative ways to provide better services at lower prices for their constituents.
Yet this development would never have come about without the socalled Stockholm healthcare revolutionstructural reform that opened up the supply of health care to more private players. With freemarket forces at play, nurses turned out to be in high demand. Besides winning more flexible scheduling, their pay increases shot up, outstripping those in the rest of Sweden's healthcare sector by 50%. Almost all union organizations in the Swedish health-care sector now support reformsa vital element in effecting longterm change.
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