A new study finds that if you’re a Swedish resident, your health insurance will likely not cover Swedish Covenant Hospitals.
The report was conducted by the American Hospital Association and the Kaiser Family Foundation, and it is being published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The study was conducted on a national sample of 7,854 Swedish residents, including 1,937 who were covered by Medicare or Medicaid.
The sample is comprised of about 12 percent of the country’s population, and of those, about 2.6 percent were covered through a Medicare plan, or about 14,000 people.
The other 96 percent of Swedes are covered through the national system of private insurers, which is why they are more likely to receive care from Swedish Covenant hospitals.
The Kaiser report points out that Sweden has the second highest number of hospitalizations in the world for all medical conditions.
About a quarter of the population is hospitalized at Swedish Covenant, and more than a quarter is hospitalized there for non-urgent conditions.
“It’s a very high proportion of hospital admissions that are serious and have long-term consequences,” says Roberta Oberg, the executive director of the Kaiser Foundation and one of the authors of the study.
“And so it’s one of those places where we think there could be significant problems.”
The authors also found that a Swedish hospital is more likely than the national health care system to be understaffed, and a Swedish-language hospital is less likely to have a large number of doctors.
“Our findings suggest that there are some things that you have to pay attention to,” says Oberg.
“When you’re at a hospital, you have a lot of pressure on the nurses to be as good as possible and to be available 24 hours a day.
You have to have all the resources to care for the patients, and so on.”
The report does note that the study did not find a clear relationship between the size of a Swedish covenant hospital and its overall hospitalization rates.
But the authors say that there is evidence to suggest that the number of Swedish Covenant hospitalizations is related to the number and type of emergency rooms and surgical centers.
“The more trauma you get, the more trauma a hospital gets,” Oberg says.
“So you see this with a lot more trauma in a hospital that is in a higher density than other hospitals.”
Oberg adds that the higher the number in a large Swedish covenant facility, the less likely you are to have an emergency room.
“There’s some evidence that is the opposite, and that the trauma in trauma centers is much more acute than in other hospitals,” she says.