Sharp fall in confidence of health insurance

Swedes’ confidence in the state health insurance system has fallen dramatically in the past decade, whilst that of the actual healthcare delivered has increased.

These are the results of a new study conducted by professor of sociology, Stefan Svallfors.

“The results are a fairly accurate reflection of the fact that social insurance now offers considerably worse coverage than it did ten years ago. At the same time though, the welfare services themselves have improved in certain areas, like the quality of healthcare amongst other things,” says Stefan Svallfors.

The proportion of Swedes interviewed who do not believe that the state offers adequate health coverage increased from 25 percent in 2002 to 35 percent in 2010. Over the same period, however, the percentage of those who did not believe that the healthcare itself was of good quality decreased from 40 percent to 25 percent.

There has been much discussion recently about conditions for receiving certain types of health insurance coverage such as sickness benefit when not being able to work.