Medicine: Capsules, Jan. 17, 1955

¶A "middle way" plan for compulsory national health insurance went into effect in Sweden, replacing voluntary plans which (with state aid) had covered 65% of the population. To extend coverage to all citizens, the state will now triple its payments, to $150 million a year, and will raise the money by an unpopular hike in liquor taxes. Unlike the British system, which foots the entire doctor's bill, Sweden's plan will pay only 75% and calls for direct contributions by individuals (a man earning $2,000 will pay $36 to insure his family). Costly drugs will be free...

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