Sofiahemmet

Plans for Private Children’s Hospital

Swedish Radio News reports that there are plans to set up Sweden’s first private children’s hospital.

It would be financed by special insurance policies purchased by parents, outside Sweden’s state-financed healthcare system. The clinic would be set up in connection with the existing private health facility Sofiahemmet in central Stockholm.

Proponents say a new private children’s clinic would shorten waiting lines at existing public hospitals. But former Heath Minister Ylva Johanssson has warned that the plan could undermine the National Health Service, creating a two tier system separating those who can afford to pay extra and those who cannot.

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