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Hägglund moots state-run healthcare reform

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Hägglund moots state-run healthcare reform
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19:43 CEST+02:00
Christian Democrat leader Göran Hägglund labelled his summer speech on Sunday "the healthcare reform of the century", outlining plans to wrestle back state control of Sweden's healthcare from county control.
"It is necessary to ensure a more equitable care in Sweden."
"There are huge differences between counties, for example, when it comes to waiting times. In one county some have to wait up to five times longer than in another. It is not acceptable. We should have equal care in Sweden I think that the prospects for achieving the increases if we have one body running hospitals," Hägglund said. 
Swedish party leaders traditionally hold summer speeches on their home turf during the holiday season but Hägglund decided to present his pre-election visions at the massive shopping emporium Gekås in Ullared.
Some 100 or so people had gathered to hear the Christian Democrat leader present his party under the epithet "family's choice". 
Hägglund began by speaking about the situation in the Middle East, especially the wave of anger directed against Israel during the war in Gaza. He stressed that there is reason to criticize Israel for its use of violence, but added that anti-Semitism has to be challenged, no matter where it comes from.
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