"Vårdval" A Success Says Report

A new system giving Swedes the right to choose their own doctor, regardless of the surgery's location, has been given the thumbs up by the Swedish Competition Authority.

It says the controversial policy, known as "Vårdval", has meant better access and a better reception for customers, and 181 new health centres have opened as a result of the reform. Existing surgeries have also extended opening times and been forced to think more about customer service, according to news agency TT.

Swedes used to have to visit a doctor's surgery close to their home before the reform, which meant they could choose a surgery closer to their workplace, for example.