Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Health Care Administrators Explore Workings of Scandinavian Health System

Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Health Care Administrators Explore Workings of Scandinavian Health System

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Members of the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) recently traveled to Scandinavia to observe the health care system there. A group of 10 administrators spent 2 weeks learning how socialist nations such as Denmark and Sweden have developed their health care systems and are grappling with current problems.

ACHCA Chair Peter Marshall led the delegation, which was afforded the opportunity to visit a range of health care facilities including hospitals and senior houses. The emphasis in these countries is on trying to care for seniors in their homes or in senior houses. The Federal Government establishes a budgetary limit for each municipality, and local leaders formulate policies and services within those constraints according to the unique needs and desires of the community.

The delegation frequently heard the motto, "Care-travels to the patient instead of the patient to the care." When specialized care is needed, a network of nurses and doctors employed by the municipality visits the elderly in their homes or senior living units. If an elderly person does reach a point where he or she can no longer be cared for at home, the person is then transferred to one of a handful of nursing homes. …

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