The Swedish Healthcare

It is common knowledge that to succeed in life it is crucial to qualitatively support our physical and mental state. Regrettably, we are not always able to control everything happening with our body and prevent it from unexpected health problems. So here comes the healthcare to the rescue which is supposed to be of good quality. Healthcare is the supply of medical care to individuals or a community. While there are undoubted benefits of the Swedish healthcare, such as free medical care and good appointment scheduling, there is also a significant disadvantage, namely narrow range of knowledge of medical specialists.

The first and most important advantage of the healthcare in Sweden is that people residing in the country have almost free access to medical care. Namely, a patient pays no more than SEK 1100 (about 104 Euro) in total for medical consultation. When the amount exceeds SEK 1100, the consultation is free for 12 months following the date of the first payment. I think, it’s a very affordable price considering the expensive life in Sweden! However, there are some paid medical services such as dental, optical and total vein care. These types of medical aid are often assumed to be demanded for beauty reasons.

Another significant benefit is appointment scheduling for patients. It is really wonderful for those especially who come from the country where there are never effective appointment scheduling. For example, in Uzbekistan, it is a real mess when it comes to visiting a doctor! People have to drop-in without having any clue if the doctor is available. Besides, there usually so many people who pay unexpacted visit and may end up being a 100th on the waiting list. In a best-case scenario, if you have contacts, you may call the doctor personally in advance and book an appointment. In Sweden, on the contrary, people often book a time at least a month ahead and they know exactly what date and time to see the doctor. But as the saying goes ”in every seed of good, there is a piece of bad”, the medical care waiting times are too long. There was a time I had to wait for 10 months to consult with the oncologist. Isn’t it exhausting?

From my personal experience I know that there are particular disadvantages to the Swedish healthcare which must be considered, the most remarkable of which is narrow knowledge specialties. In 2016, I had a difficult labor led to some unpleasant consequences due to the two nurses lacking good knowledge. I noticed that by asking them some post labour questions to which I definately knew the answers, but still asked them to calm down myself. Could they answer? Guess! They left the questions to the doctor to handle. As a result of bleeding a lot, my condition started to get worse. The nurses called the doctor whom it took some minutes to come, thanks God! The doctor literally took one look and just gave orders to those 10 assistents doing all the work. Oh yes, some doctors in Sweden turn up in emergency situations only:)

To sum up, the Swedish medical care has some clear pros, including free healthcare and precise date scheduling, and the main drawback being a good number of medical subspecialties. I believe that having a specialized knowledge and being an expert in one field is beneficial only to a patient who has a problem in one particular area. However, specialists tend to see only the organ of their own field, not the whole person. As a result, it may have a bad impact on a patient’s overall condition if there is no professional who can examine a patient as a whole person, and come up to one conclusion resulting from the patient’s complaints that emerge from different organs. So one solution to this issue would be to introduce more generalised subjects in the medical educational system.

Thank you, guys, for taking your time to read this long text. I will surely provide you with more life situations I faced in Swedish medical care. Just stay tuned!

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