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Sweden bans privatisation of hospitals

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 27 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:484
  1. Jane Burgermeister
  1. Vienna

    The Swedish coalition government has banned the privatisation of hospitals, amid fears that the expansion of private health care could destroy the principle of a fair and free public health service.

    Health minister Lars Engqvist, a Social Democrat, said that new legislation would end the practise of private patients “buying their way past” hospital waiting lists. Provincial authorities, which are responsible in Sweden for the local healthcare system, will not be allowed in future to hand over the running of a hospital to a profit making company.

    The ban comes after two provincial authorities, both controlled by centre right parties, began to privatise state …

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