Sweden's Health Care System (ARCHIVE)

we continue our coverage of healthcare systems all around the world we're examining public healthcare systems to see what we might learn tonight it's the state of health care in Sweden Sweden ranking fifth in a European survey of healthcare quality the life expectancy by the way in Sweden is 81 years that's three years more than in this country all in Sweden by the way are covered and the level of care in each instance is identical regardless of financial standing or whether or not you work for the government kitty pilgrim has our report in Sweden people go to a publicly run health care centre for all medical needs the clinics are run by the 21 separate counties in Sweden doctors work on straight salary for the clinic Richard Saltzman has been studying and working with the Swedish health care system for 25 years overall it's a very effective system the Swedes considered to be one of the best in the world the statistics are impressive life expectancy of 81 years versus 78 in the United States Sweden's health care costs are 9% of GDP less than the u.s. 16 percent per capita spending half at three thousand three hundred and twenty three dollars versus seven thousand two hundred ninety in the US and there is one doctor for every two hundred and seventy seven people compared to one in four hundred and sixteen for the u.s. out-of-pocket expenses are low they are capped at four hundred dollars a year but people pay 14% income tax to the counties on top of national income taxes the total tax burden is about 50 percent from an individual perspective you do not pay when you get services where you do pay of course is in the structure of taxes which is the highest in the OECD the highest amongst the developed countries the health coverage is very generous women receive a year and a half of maternity leave at 80 percent of salary also people can take paid sick leave at first through their employer and after two weeks through various government funds Bianca Frogner has a PhD in health economics lummix and has studied Sweden extensively in Sweden they believe that sickness should not be a punishment and that if you are out of work due to an illness they do compensate you partly for your income that's lost during that illness new arrivals to Sweden and immigrants are all covered politicians and paupers get identical medical care that is a point of pride in Sweden that a wealthy industrialist or an elected official gets care in exactly the same facilities from exactly the same doctors for their clinical needs there are no differences between citizens there are downsides Sweden has problems with waiting lists for elective surgery and other non-critical treatments there is also a public push for more individual doctor choice now Sweden is trying to improve the doctor-patient relationship trying to link doctors to individual patients the impersonal nature of the system has caused some discontent in Sweden and also another issue going forward is a fifth of the population is over the age of 65 and that will start to put pressure on health costs in the future flu it's something there won't happen in this country for at least what is it about 15 years and 15 to 20 years but I mean people have got to be watching that report thinking my god 80% of pay for a year and a half for maternity leave you know that's pretty that's pretty uh pretty good it's very attractive but the taxes are very high so it's it what are the taxes it's about 50% just about 50 per well uh you know there's no such thing as a free lunch or free maternity care I suppose maternal leave I guess we should call that after a year and a half that's really leaving and the job is guaranteed that you come back all right terrific I can see women all over the country thinking let's move to Sweden all right well I was thinking of something else from Sweden here thanks a lot Kenny pogrom we'll continue our coverage of health care systems around the world we'll be reporting tomorrow on health care


  1. Next Time a Lefty Cites the Gloriousness of the Swedish Socialist Model, Send Them This
    July 31, 2018 BFH

    The most interesting part is about healthcare.

    Norberg implores the U.S. not to go to single payer because all of the single payer countries are “parasiting” off the United States, using its innovation and technology because in a single payer system there is none of that. There’s no money. In fact, there’s massive rationing of healthcare.

    Johan Norberg 16 February 2018

  2. 50 % is not true. It's 25.

  3. The healthcare system in Sweden is about to go bankrupt. Because of the migrant crisis, they will not be able to upkeep the funds.

  4. is an ad tax right now close to 28% companies pay 30 35%. what is 20% more if you get so much in return

  5. They need to fix there health system in Sweden. My friend who is from Iran came to Sweden not long ago because he was injured in war. he did not get the help he expected from such a developed country. now he is left bound to wheelchair worse off then when he came here. he regrets it very much.

  6. Not only women get to stay home with children, the man has 2 months that she cant use.

  7. Total tax is NOT 50 %…more accurate is 30-33 %…

  8. I have been living in sweden for more than tow years and I can tell you they have the worse health care ever seen, I'm sick since tow years and can't meet a good doctor to help me, the health care here are a comedy

  9. After been in sweden for more than tow years and I have tried the health care here many times, I can say it's the worse health care ever , btw I been living in more than five counties before.

  10. These 'muricans sound so stupid…

  11. Italy's healthcare system is ranked 2nd in  the world by the World Health Organization (WHO)

  12. "The total tax burden is above 50%" means that above income tax, roughly 33%, we pay taxes for purchases (moms), thats 25%. Also we have employer tax which means the employer pays around 30 % of the salary as an extra fee. If you have a salary in 30 000 Sek, the income tax takes 10 000. Out of the  remaining 20 000, if you spend all, you will pay additional 4000 in tax. 16 000 is nearly 50 % of 30 000 and the rest comes from the extra tax on gasoline and alcohol, since the goverment has monopoly on alcohol in Sweden. This might seem like alot of tax but in return we get free education all the way up to university and free medical care. Thats not such a shame in my opinion

  13. we pay alot of taxes for our health care and still it is really terrible. all places are allways full and we have too few doctors so waiting 4h+ untill you get in is very common. And right now all the baby-centers are full so there is alot of women that have to give birth home or somewhere else since there isnt any place for them.. our health care system SUCKS!! and still we pay alot. almost every EU contry have much better system and they doesnt pay as much as us. the reason is that our government waste the money on other things instead (ALOT on imigrants)

  14. What they don't mention here is though that the actual tax payed by the individual is roughly 30%, while the employer of said individual, pays some percent that does not show on the paycheck. So say I earn 21.000 SEK a month, which is kind of middle class, maybe lower (not sure), and I pay 30% tax on that, I have 14.700 SEK left. What the employer pays is actually 21.000 + some % (not sure of the figures) which will make the total outcome for the employer higher. In USD that is 2277.41, after taxes, visible to the employee.

  15. "just above 50%!! BAHAHAHAHAHA"  who paid you guys to say that? 

  16. We don't have paid MATERNITY leave, we have paid PARENTAL leave. The months are equally divided between the parents but a parent can chose to transfer all but two of his or her months to the other parent.

    And to clarify…

    … the income tax for most Swedes is just over 30 percent but many of the social insurances are not included in that but there is a payroll tax (arbetsgivaravgift in Swedish) on top of the salary which we never see. If we include that, and it's fair to do so, the income tax adds up to just over 50 percent for most of us.

  17. When my mom had a stroke (in her brain), she was hospitalised for 3 months whereas she was in medically induced coma for 3 weeks. When she was moved to a stroke unit after she came out of the coma, it only cost us 80 Sek per night for her to have the best care. If this was in the USA, i'm sure it would have cost us alot more.

  18. Here is one fallacy that people need to be disillusioned from, which is that the WHO rates countries based on health 'care.'  They DON'T, at least, not solely.  They also factor in price, which has absolutely NOTHING to at all to do with the actual QUALITY and AVAILABILITY of actual, *quality CARE.

    IOW, if you sold something that was real CRAP ('CHEAP') –we'll call it, "Medicrap"), but sold it for real cheap (or even for free), it would always be counted as a better system in their eyes than one which involved actually paying for your health CARE and SERVICES through a means other than simply your ever growing taxes, even if you didn't actually receive the same QUALITY and AVAILABILITY of actual timely CARE.

  19. love that "50%"… its actually a progressive tax, not sure if it everywhere but in my "state/province" its progressive. so if u earn less u pay less in tax, example 16.000SEK ull have a tax at roughly 25% (i get 12.500SEK after). but if u earn more it progresses 20.000SEK ull have closer to 30% and thats how it climbs. but the % does not apply to the whole income. meaning if u earn 50.000SEK ur tax at 50% doesnt cut ur cash half. first u have 25% up to 16.000sek and so on and so on.

    nobody in sweden pays full 50% on their salary. 😛

  20. 30% for the normal persons…. since we have had such socialistic rule in sweden the rich pay more… about 20% of the people pay 45% of all the taxes

  21. The taxes are about 30%

  22. Just to cleare up some of the confusion; We pay more taxes than the tax on our income (which rarely exceeds ~30%) but it adds up to a total of over 50%. Google 'totalt skatteuttag' and you'll find its actually around 57% for a middle class person.

  23. The problem with socialism is that someone else decides what care you get or not. So if you want a brain scan and the doctor thinks its too costly, you're not getting it. And if you're too old and the treatment is too costly, you're not getting it. 
    When you don't pay as an individual, you don't get treated as an individual.
    The Swedish series Arga Doktorn (the angry doctor) shows this very well.
    I'd rather pay myself, and then be sure I can get whatever treatment I need, and not have it up to politicians to decide who gets treated or not. And it doesn't have to bee as costly as in the US. Just watch Switzerland for example. 

  24. Thank you for the truth.

  25. Lol @ the pansy liberals who think we need socialism in America. Would you seriously want free healthcare and education at the expensive of always being broke? Not only do they take half your paycheck, but the items that you want to buy are taxed at 30%. In America, when you want something, you work your ass off until you have enough money for it. In socialists countries, only the rich/elite/politicians get those luxuries. Ironic isnt it? You thought capitalism was like that

  26. De säger också i klippet att "taxes är 50%" , vilket är det jag svarade på. Så ditt svar vad klippet handlar om är rätt orelevant.

  27. Du borde också förstå att folk som tjänar mindre inte betalar i närheten av 50% skatt. Föresten, på tal om matte skills. Jag har inte någon gång i denna diskussion använt mig av matte. Du verkar väldigt arg av dig lilla flicka, är det för du blev gravid när du var 15 år? Att sitta o vara otrevlig på internet gör inte saken bättre 😉

  28. Du verkar väldigt arg av dig? Är du alltid så personlig i diskussioner? Är det så du lärde dig diskutera, genom personangrepp? 🙂

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