Opticom attended Läkemedelsdagen 2014 at Nalen where the road to a more equal health care for all was in focus.
Ordnat införande, horizon scanning and structured follow-up were topics that were presented and discussed. In the panel discussions where Anders Blanck, LIF, Hans Karlsson, SKL, Heidi Stensmyren, Läkarförbundet and Calle Waller, Prostatacancerförbundet participated, critiscism was expressed against the models’ focus to be more on order and structure and follow-up and very little on introduction.
There are different roads to take, either you can act in the existing systems, i.e. to do something that may not be good, but at least better than what is done today or you can do something new and make a difference. Representatives for the industry, patients and clinics consider “ordnat införande” to be a far too weak effort and point out there is a greater need for speed that cannot be accommodated in the current systems.
During the day more criticism was expressed towards the current health care system in Sweden:
“Today we have a very weak uptake of new drugs in Sweden and that is a major issue. Many believe we still have a growing budget for pharmaceuticas in Sweden, but this belief is wrong, this budget has not increased in many years.” (Robert Ström, LIF)
“There is a lot of money that is used wrongly in the health care system in Sweden. If we would use the money in the right way, we would not need any private health insurances. Just to move a recycle bin for batteries 2 meters can save hours for health care personnel and before we have looked at all these kinds of improvements, I think we should not start to discuss private health insurances.” (Barbro Westerholm (FP), member of parliament)