Skip to comments.Sweden's health becomes political issue
Posted on 08/26/2002 3:38:39 PM PDT by mikenolaEdited on 04/29/2004 2:01:06 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) --Sweden exudes good health and well-being in summer. The air smells of pine trees and people of all ages bicycle and stroll well after dinner under the late-setting sun.
But as Swedes return from country cottages and Mediterranean beaches and prepare for an election September 15, they are grappling with a vexing problem: one of every six working-age Swedes is off work because of illness or injury.
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Sick leave also is high in neighboring Norway, which has higher compensation than Sweden, but it is lower in Denmark and Finland, where compensation is lower.
I'd say the experiment has been done.
Sometimes these statistics just come back to haunt you, don't they? I find it comical that a country like Sweden can be held up by liberals as a shining example of socialized medicine at work even though one out of every six working-age people is sick or injured at any given time.
I guess there is no country left to lie about.
Let's see, I bet the reason you have to work twice as hard is because everyone is sick. Hence, you get burned out and take sick leave causing the others to do your job. And so it goes on and on and on and on.
Did they honestly think this wouldn't occur when you pay people for doing nothing?
What Medicare has wrought in the United States--while perhaps less extreme than the Swedish Socialist model--is certainly a case in point. (See Medicare--Panacea or Death Potion?)
With the increased technology available, and aging populations, there is no way that the Western World is going to be able, ad infinitum, to allow Socialist politicians a role in health care decisions. Sooner or later, we will all find ourselves on collision courses with reality. The Swedes, here, are just experiencing the "benefit" of giving people the incentive to call in sick--thus increasing the expense of Government, while reducing its likely revenues. But that is just the tip of the iceberg of the coming problem.
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Sweden spends $12 billion on a population of 8.9 million. Apply this ratio to the US and you get a grand total of $404.5 billion price tag for 300 million population.
I hope Europe continues in this direction. It'll ensure that the US will be beating the snot out of them for decades to come...
Reminds me of when the US took what it had for granted and the Japanese gave us a rude awakening..
When they accept a new country into the EU do they require them to immediately begin working less and be less productive?
That which is subsidized will grow in both size and cost.
Well, this is a hoot. How is the rate determined? I suppose the sicker you are, the lower the tax rate???? This is such an Alice-in-Wonderland system.
What's causing this health crisis in Sweden is a real mystery. Might be an outbreak of bad boiled potatoes.
Well, you probably have to work twice as long to pay all the taxes so that the government can pay those "sick" people. So then you decide it's better to be "sick". Meanwhile, their economy is going in the crapper.
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