Thursday, August 20, 2009

My Experience with Health Care in Sweden and France

For a general summary of Swedish health care, go here.

As a Swedish citizen, I benefited from Swedish health care for over 40 years. It was free and served me well. Once I had a serious ski accident, broke my leg into three parts, and got the best treatment you can have for free. Of course, I paid taxes that funded medical care but this seems normal.

For a general summary of French health care, go here.

I moved to France in 1987. Part of my salary went to finance health care. I received excellent health care in France – a government-run program – after breaking an ankle. France actually has the best health care in the world. This has NOTHING to do with socialism. It is a long tradition in Europe, going back to Bismark in Germany.

In Sweden, the Christian Democrats and the Socialists, our Left and our Right, all agree on the health care system we have. I do not know one European who would want the American system. In general, Europeans pay half, or less, compared to Americans, for good health care. There is nothing wrong with a government-run program, and it is much cheaper, in fact. In Sweden, you can choose your doctor. Some doctors are more popular than others, and it may be necessary to wait for treatment, but in an emergency, like my accident, I received excellent care immediately. Had I wanted to see a specialist, one was guaranteed within 15 days.

I have had excellent medical treatment in the USA, too, but it has been so very expensive. When I moved here in 1997, my wife and I paid $250/month. That escalated to $1400 this past spring. Hair-raising! Crazy!

A lot of people in Europe and Canada feel offended by the way their countries have been described in this health care debate. Americans would be lucky to escape from the grip of insurance companies. How shameful to deny care to all those people who are uninsured!

7 comments:

lilalia said...

Alexandra, thank you for sharing your experience with the three different medical systems. You are died on about how puzzled, irate, or insulted those of us who have social medical plans are about how our systems are portrayed in the States.

Nancy said...

Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.

Because so many of our citizens believe the misrepresentations and lies that are told to them by politicians on the opposite side, we need to read posts like yours to learn the truth.

Thanks, Alexandra

Darlene said...

just makes me sick to think that the lies told about health care in other countries are believed here in the U.S. I wish your story and others would be published in our newspapers for everyone to read. Thank you for helping to set the record straight.

Ralph said...

THE MORE WE LEARN ABOUT THE IMPENDING DEMLIB SOCIALIST MEDICINE SCHEME, THE WORST IT GETS!!!!!!

AMERICAPHILE MINISTRIES CAN CONFIRM THAT JESUITS ARE ENTERING THE MEDICAL PROFESSION AND WILL TAKE ORDERS DIRECTLY FROM THE ROMAN POPE WHO HAS BEEN EXPOSED AS AN AGENT OF PIAPS!!!!!

THESE INQUISITORS WILL WORK ALONGSIDE GURU MAGGOTS AND TREASONOUS NUNS WHO ARE ALREADY IN THE MEDICAL FIELD IN AN ATTEMPT TO BRING BACK THE INQUISITION!!!!!!!

YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES WILL BE TORTURED INTO ACCEPTING EXTREME UNCTION AND PIAPS’ SOCIALIST MEDICINE MARK!!!!

THE DEFEATOCRAT SOCIALIST RED MARXIST-LENINIST TROTSKYITE MAOIST TERRORIST-CODDLING AMERICA-HATING PIAPS-LOVING LIBTARDED JESUIT FENIAN SOAP-DODGING URBAN-INFRASTRUCTURE-THREATENING RAPTURE-DENYING GURU-MAGGOT-INFESTED SAPPHIC ISLAMOFASCIST FRENCH-SPEAKING MORMON WICCAN DOUGHNUT-BUMPING MUFF-CHOMPING CLAM-DIVING STRAP-ON-WEARING AMERICAN-MURDERING PET-MUTILATING ESPERANTIST NON-THINKING PARTY HAS BEEN TACITLY ADMITTING TO THE ROMAN POPE’S AND SINN FEIN’S INVOLVEMENT IN THE "HEALTH CARE" SCHEME!!!!!!

EACH TIME A CALL IS MADE TO THEIR LAIR IN WASHINGTON, THEY HANG UP THE TELEPHONE!!!!!

THE CULTURE WAR IS SO FUCKING ON!!!!!

Laz said...

Thank you for speaking out so clearly on your experiences. I wish the general public could hear this perspective. This whole thing makes me sick - will the Dems have the courage to break free from the insurance corporations? Health care simply shouldn't be run for profit.

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