Swedes Flee Socialized Medicine After Year-Long Waiting Lists


Socialized medicine. So bad that even Sweden doesn’t want it.

One in ten Swedes now has private health insurance, often through their employers, with some recipients stating it makes business sense to be seen quickly rather than languish in national health care queues.

Also it makes good survival sense and good ‘no longer suffering’ sense.

More than half a million Swedes now have private health insurance, showed a new review from industry organization Swedish Insurance (Svensk Försäkring). In eight out of ten cases, the person’s employer had offered them the private insurance deal.

“It’s quicker to get a colleague back to work if you have an operation in two weeks’ time rather than having to wait for a year,” privately insured Anna Norlander told Sveriges Radio on Friday. “It’s terrible that I, as a young person, don’t feel I can trust the health care system to take care of me.”

It does help workplace productivity if your employees aren’t dead or screaming in pain every day. It’s a shame how capitalism distorts the practice of medicine to favor people who don’t want to be sick.

The insurance plan guarantees that she can see a specialist within four working days, and get a time for surgery, if needed, within 15.

Somebody needs to check their privilege.

In December, the queues in the Swedish health care system pushed the country down a European ranking of healthcare.

“Why can Albania operate its healthcare services with practically zero waiting times, and Sweden cannot?” the report authors from the Health Consumer Powerhouse (HCP) organization in Brussels asked, albeit acknowledging modest improvements. “The Swedish queue-shortening project, on which the state has spent approximately €5 billion, has achieved some shortening of waiting times.”

5 billion Euros spent on free market medicine would have actually made it possible to see doctors. And in entirely unrelated news

Princess Madeleine and her husband Christopher O’Neil have decided that their child will be born in the US, the Swedish Royal Court has announced.

“After careful consideration and in consultation with the King and Queen, Princess Madeleine and Mr. Christopher O’Neill have decided that their child will be born in New York,” Svante Lindqvist at the Royal Court wrote in a statement.

Writer and royal expert Roger Lundgren has explained Madeleine’s decision to give birth in New York as a purely practical decision.

“She has had a tough pregnancy, she missed the Nobel banquette for example, and it is simply more convenient to give birth there than in Sweden,” he said.

Clearly Princess Madeleine hasn’t heard of ObamaCare.

  • The Saganizer

    A sad failure for my country, but don’t blame the idea, blame the gross incompetence of politicans

    • ZZ

      The idea originated politicians.

    • guest

      I blame politicians for adopting, extolling and implementing those ideals.

      When I lived in the King5 viewing area (Seattle-Tacoma) there were numerous stories of Canadians crossing the border to obtain medical care inside the U.S. We have a term for it now. It is called medial tourism.

      That is Canada. We also have a multitude of horror stories from Britain about the British Health system, a,k.a. Death Incorporated.

      I have not heard horror stories from France and Germany. I was shocked to learn 9 years ago that they have private insurance in France. France has been socialist so long I thought everyone would have the socialist version. But no there is private insurance, which is why I have not heard of the horror stories. The private insurance helps the socialist system limp along.

      As I write this I have to believe why we have not heard about horror stories from Germany and France is the language barrier. People are getting more interconnected. I expect to here them shortly.

      • Raymond_in_DC

        India, Israel and Thailand are all becoming popular sites for “medical tourism”. So much so that as more resources in Israel go to servicing the “tourists”, wait times for those on the Israeli plans are increasing. Looks like they need to train more doctors to meet the demand.


      Right – don’t blame socialism/communism, which has brought nothing but failure and misery everywhere and every way it’s been tried, it’s simply that the wrong people were in charge. “This time we’re gonna make it work….”
      Where have we heard that before? Sorry, Saganizer – we’re going to blame the idea (socialism) and the politicians who impose it on us.

    • A Z

      Did you see Lewenburg’s post?

  • http://www.ronlewenberg.com/ Ron Lewenberg

    Nothing new. When my grandfather had lung cancer in 1981, he had to come
    to America to be treated. The Swedes offered a hospice. He lived
    another 22 years before being involuntarily euthanized in Sweden.

  • defcon 4

    “Anchor baby” for Swedish royalty?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Geoffrey-Britain/100003802091841 Geoffrey Britain

    “She has had a tough pregnancy, she missed the Nobel banquette for example, and it is simply more convenient to give birth there than in Sweden,”

    More convenient? Right. Princess Madeleine is voting with her feet and declaring Sweden’s health care to be incapable of providing a level of care with which she is comfortable. And the King and Queen support her assessment.

  • Veracious_one

    After the Muslims take over there’ll be no reliable medical care in Sweden…

  • motherofbeaver

    At least in Sweden you can buy private insurance unlike Canada, where it is strictly public and you get the mediocre care that you pay for.

  • Hard Little Machine

    It’s hard to pity people who so vociferously voted and pushed for exactly this. Who are WE to judge what is rapidly descending into something that resembles “This Perfect Day” where everyone is killed off at 57 for the greater good? I say have at it, Swedes. Maybe under Sharia you can simply execute everyone for the merest crime and bypass that whole getting sick thing..