Summary

The goal of this project was to assess the extent to which Sweden’s health reforms could inform Canadian health policy reforms. This initial research sought to test the feasibility of a larger policy research project that would examine what impact the health reforms in Stockholm had had on the Swedish economy and population. The first phase of this project involved an examination of the costs of the system reforms undertaken in Sweden. It reviewed patient satisfaction levels, determined whether improved health outcomes had been documented, and whether there remained easy access to healthcare for people with low socioeconomic status. The project found that insufficient data existed to provide a basis for substantive policy recommendations for reforms of the Canadian health care system.