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Medical Progress: Markets and the New Meaning of Health Care

Thursday April 2002


Johan Hjertqvist Manager, Timbro Health Unit Timbro Policy Group Stockholm, Sweden

Medical progress has surpassed our hopes and changed the nature of our civilization. Yet governments do not always encourage health care innovation. In fact, they often thwart it.

Johan Hjertqvist, manager of a group advocating market-influence in the socialized Swedish health system, has seen the problem in concentrated form. But he has seen also the opportunities for new consumer values, new drugs, and new devices to make medical care more efficient. Mr. Hjertqvist believes, if allowed to by government, markets and competition will deliver blessings on a scale which we have yet to fully conceive.”