Sweden exports health care

Chers, ministres Bolduc

Il paraît que vous avez de sérieuses difficultés à contrôler les coûts et améliorer l’efficacité de notre système santé.

Peut-être vous avez besoin d’aide provenant de l’extérieur, il semble que les Suédois sont prêts à vendre leurs modèles, d’autant plus ça pourrait réduire tout le copinage qui existe autour de vous pour prendre des décisions éclairées.

En passant, comment va notre Dossier santé, il semble qu’il se dirige vers une catastrophe ?

Au plaisir, de vous informer.

Québec Droite

Extrait de: Sweden exports health care (and it comes assembled) , NAOMI POWELL ,Globe and Mail, January 19, 2011

Forget Volvos and forest products, the Swedish government is gearing up to export something completely new: it’s health care model.

Sweden’s ministries of health and trade are co-operating with private healthcare firms to promote the Swedish way of doing things – and to drum up international business for the country’s pharmaceutical, health care and medical equipment companies.

“If you look at statistics on Swedish healthcare you’ll find we produce some of the best health care results in the world,” said Peter Kemlin of the Swedish Trade Council. “That means we must be doing something right.

“If we can help another country to develop their health care system in the way we have done in Sweden, which we believe is a good way, we can help Swedish companies.”

Sweden’s healthcare compares well in international rankings and the country’s infant mortality rate is among the lowest in the world at 2.5 deaths per 1000 births. Healthcare costs are also considerably cheaper than those of other major developed countries. In 2010, the Swedes spent just 9 per cent of GDP on health care ($3,470 U.S. per capita) compared with 16 per cent ($7,538 per capita) in the United States, according to the OECD.

Critics point out that the Swedish system isn’t perfect – waiting lists and a lack of beds are ongoing problems – and that selling healthcare is easier said than done. A successful approach to infectious diseases in Sweden, for instance, likely won’t work in Britain where hospital cultures and hierarchies are quite different.

“We can try to have an influence but it’s not quite that easy,” said Heidi Stensmyren of the Swedish Medical Association. “It’s very difficult to sell health care.”

Under a new umbrella organization, dubbed “SymbioCare,” the government aims to use the Swedish model to push domestic firms to the forefront of the global healthcare market. Government ministers have already presented Sweden’s approach to eldercare and infectious diseases in places like India, China and Denmark, accompanied by Swedish firms providing services in the field.

“It’s not about transforming all of Denmark but if we can get a few municipalities to adopt the Swedish model, obviously the elder care companies will have a greater chance to get a contract in Denmark than a company from Germany,” said Kemlin.

As the program progresses, the government aims to develop and sell information packages and guidelines on the Swedish model to other countries, said Maria Helling of the division for EU and International Affairs at Sweden’s Ministry of Health and Social Affairs. The country has already had a lot of requests from Asian countries for more information on the Swedish model, she added.

“It’s not always easy to make a package and sell but of course we should try it because it costs us a lot of money and we need to find ways also to keep the health care system we have today with rising costs and an aging population,” Ms. Helling said