Give more power to patients: report
An inquiry into patient-centred care, which presented its final report to Social Affairs Minister Göran Hägglund today, has proposed measures to empower patients.
The overall aim of the two-year-long inquiry has been to reduce inequality in health care and increase possibility for patients to make informed choices about which health care provider to choose.
"One of the most important principles for Swedish health care is that everyone should receive care on equal terms," writes inquiry leader Johan Assarsson in newspaper Dagens Nyheter today.
"However, it is clear that there are considerable and, in some cases, unacceptable differences in Swedish health care that are difficult to even out,"
The inquiry suggests several measures to correct inequalities, such as increasing state control of health care providers and including training on discrimination in basic medical care courses.