Liberalization of Markets

Turning to the private sector in health care: The Swedish example

Despite broad fears that turning more to the private sector would lead to a two-tier system, notions of profit and competition are not incompatible with the idea of health care for everyone. Sweden’s recent experience shows us that it is possible to increase the efficiency of the system by means of market mechanisms while maintaining universal care.

This article is a reproduction of MEI’s Economic Note entitled Turning to the private sector in health care: The Swedish example on the Swedish health care system.

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