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'Send Swedes to Latvia for operations'

Malin Nyberg · 20 Jan 2010, 14:13

Published: 20 Jan 2010 14:13 GMT+01:00

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Gunnar Ljungdahl, Senior Vice President of the Stockholm school's majority-owned Riga offshoot, believes more education is needed when it comes to the administration of Latvian hospitals and said the Swedish system could function as a benchmark.

“The Latvian system has not improved since the Soviet Union; we could help them to work more effectively,” he told The Local.

The Stockholm School of Economics, a business school ranked 15th in Europe by the Financial Times, has an executive master programme concentrating on health care, Ljungdahl explained.

“Doctors used to be the ones running hospitals but this has changed. You can be a great doctor, but it doesn’t mean you're skilled at administration.”

Apart from aiding Latvia's healthcare sector, Ljungdahl hopes to speed up queue times for Swedish patients waiting in line for operations.

“The queues are long, and this could be a good alternative”.

“People might feel worried about leaving their country for an operation, but if their county council is involved they might feel more secure,” he said.

The Latvian ministry of health has now sent a letter to Swedish social minister Göran Hägglund with a proposal for co-operation.

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According to Ljungdahl, Swedish health companies and county councils will be able to invest in the project.

Malin Nyberg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:02 January 20, 2010 by krigeren
Thats a damn good idea.
15:17 January 20, 2010 by Nemesis
Hopefully this will be organised that the UK national health service debacle.
17:29 January 20, 2010 by Osk
Health authorities in the south coast England have sent patients for small ops to France for years
23:24 January 20, 2010 by franny66
Is this a joke?? I work in health care and Sweden is no example to follow, I can tell you give me in the NHS any day. People are talking here about stuff they know nothing about, Swedish doctors have not enough english to be able to read the lancer even..LOL if you say that in western Europe to French, English, Irish, finish or German doctors they will burst out laughing at you..look at a medical program in Sweden and then some program at some solid western country they have oral examinations in Sweden for most subjects and very little lab practice as well.
10:53 January 21, 2010 by macario
I could give a tip to improve their health system that wouldn't cost much. When my wife got sick and had to spent some time in Stradins Hospital, I noticed that at least half of the patients were walking persons just let hospitalized, bored to be on bed all day, eating food they really didn't liked. They were waiting for results of lab, future appointments or a programmed surgery. Every hospitalized patient is one more charge to the budget, and I think his stay in a hospital could be better asses. I say this because i studied Medicine in my country and usually there, due to the lack of budget and overwhelming number of patients waiting to be treated, doctors are used to do things faster or different. My point is: many of the persons hospitalized don't really have a condition that needs to be solve with weeks and weeks of hospitalization.
13:10 January 21, 2010 by orre
@franny66 what do you know about Sweden anyway? Oral examinations are seldom used in our school system. The written exam is the standard measure in Sweden. English is almost taught as the second language in Sweden and all children learn it from the age of 7. I think your theory about Swedish doctors having low knowledge in the English language is wrong.
14:06 January 21, 2010 by franny66
@orre alot more than you anyway go to any medical hall in swden and see how much english the average GP in sweden can manage ask him if they ever attened a conference aborad as well?
17:22 January 21, 2010 by orre
@franny66 ... well we are at least in the top 10 in the world (2007) based on citations per paper :


and writing papers means visiting conferences (is Sweden at least).
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