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Many who despair of the chaotic American "non-system" of health care view the Swedish system as a model of rational order. They should read this book. At first glance, page after page of organizational charts suggest that rationality reigns, but when one delves into the text the contrast between idealized diagrams and actuality becomes apparent. We have much to learn from Sweden, but the lessons are both positive and negative.
On the negative side, we learn that primary care is delivered by 1000 general practitioners who are isolated from the 6000 doctors who work in the hospitals which dominate Swedish
National and Regional Health Planning in Sweden.. Ann Intern Med. ;83:289–290. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-2-289_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;83(2):289-290.
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