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Beyond Equity: Swedish Health Policy and the Private Sector

Marilynn M. Rosenthal
The Milbank Quarterly
Vol. 64, No. 4 (1986), pp. 592-621
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Milbank Memorial Fund
DOI: 10.2307/3349927
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3349927
Page Count: 30
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Abstract

The rapid development of private medicine in Sweden poses a challenge to that nation's traditional commitment to equity and a public system of health care. Economic constraints in public-sector spending, physician intent in private practice, popular interest in individual choice, and criticism of the public system have been the stimulus. The dominant Social Democrats will likely accept those elements of the private sector that are ideologically compatible, but resist others.

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