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Health Care on Export to Earn Money

Published tisdag 7 juli 2009 kl 11.57

Swedish county councils have started to export advanced health care in order to earn money. The most far reaching deal so far is between Malmö University Hospital and a private health care company, Swedish Radio reports.

The deal is to start a diabetes clinic in the United Arab Emirate, offering health care as well as research. The contract is worth up to $ 500,000 to the county council over a period of five years, but a lot more for the company Global Health Partner.

The Left party in the Malmö Region is questioning the rules regarding export of public health care. It is only allowed if there is "extra capacity" in the system, but "when is there" extra capacity and "who decides that?" asks the Left party, pointing out that there are queues for patients in Sweden.

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