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Most Swedes Happy with Healthcare

Published torsdag 18 februari 2010 kl 11.24
Hospital waiting room

The majority of Swedes are happy with how they are treated in the country’s hospitals and clinics, according to a new national survey of patients.  

The survey of 100,000 patients found that eight out of ten feel they are treated respectfully by doctors, though far fewer are happy with delays in getting appointments to see a doctor, reports news agency TT.

Although most said doctors are good at explaining why prescribed medication was necessary, less than half of respondents thought they provide sufficient information about possible side effects.

The survey was conducted by the Swedish Association of Local Authorities (SKL) and Regions, which represents the country's healthcare authorities. The results are intended to help patients make informed decisions about their choice of hospital or clinic.

“It’s great that as a patient you can see what others think about healthcare services. It's also good when it comes to choosing a hospital,” Håkan Sörman, the CEO of the association told reporters.

“Also of course it’s good for the local authorities to see the results. It’s an important tool for improvement.”

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