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Private Health Insurance Increases 400% in Sweden To Avoid Long Waiting Lines and Inconsistent Care

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From The Local: Sweden's News in English:
"While Sweden has long taken pride in its public healthcare system, lengthening queues and at times inconsistent care have prompted many Swedes to opt for private healthcare with many gaining the benefit through insurance policies offered by employers, currently responsible for 80% of healthcare insurance market.
The idea behind private health insurance is simple enough: those put off by the idea of heading to publicly funded clinics and hospitals can purchase a policy through an insurance company and instead enjoy speedy medical attention with private doctors.
As many as 500,000 Swedes are now estimated to be using private healthcare insurance, up from 100,000 only ten years ago.  And a flawed public system is often cited as the cause of the rapid expansion.

Long queues are one of the main complaints for consumers of Sweden's public healthcare services, with patients sometimes forced to wait as much as fifteen times longer for treatment compared to private options."

MP: Government-run health care always sounds so good in theory, but often fails to deliver in reality.  

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