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OECD Economics Department Working Papers

Working papers from the Economics Department of the OECD that cover the full range of the Department’s work including the economic situation, policy analysis and projections; fiscal policy, public expenditure and taxation; and structural issues including ageing, growth and productivity, migration, environment, human capital, housing, trade and investment, labour markets, regulatory reform, competition, health, and other issues.

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Getting Better Value for Money from Sweden's Healthcare System

This paper reviews the strengths and weaknesses of the Swedish healthcare system and the challenges that it will face in the future. It discusses ways to improve access to primary care, including different methods for paying GPs, whether access is less equitable than in other countries and the role of patient fees. The maximum waiting time guarantee for elective surgery is reviewed, along with ways of reducing regional variations in quality. The extent of decentralisation is questioned, as that may be affecting the quality of care and value for money in some areas, including elderly and psychiatric care. Mechanisms for improving the hospital sector are also examined including fee-for-service (DRG) payment mechanisms and whether for-profit hospitals would help. Finally, it considers ways to make financing more stable and sustainable.

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Keywords: public sector efficiency, health care
JEL: H51: Public Economics / National Government Expenditures and Related Policies / National Government Expenditures and Health; I11: Health, Education, and Welfare / Health / Analysis of Health Care Markets; H73: Public Economics / State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations / State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations: Interjurisdictional Differentials and Their Effects
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