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Comparing Results to Improve Healthcare

The National Board of Health and Welfare works with Regional and local comparisons and Performance Assessments to encourage the providers and management of health care to improve performance. Here we describe our work.

Regional and local comparisons and Performance Assessments provide a basis for development, improvement, monitoring, analysis and learning in the activities carried out. It also initiate local, regional and national analyses and discussions of the quality and effectiveness of activities and provide a basis for management and control.

En example

The picture shows an example of how we report results from our comparisons.

National data sources in Sweden

The National Board of Health and Welfare administers a number of register to be able to analyze and monitor trends in health care and social services. Here are som examples:

Individual case data – all inpatients and physician visits in the National Patient Register

  • National registers on Cause of deaths, Cancer cases, Births and all Prescribed drugs
  • Case-costing data– national database
  • National Quality Registers (around 70)
  • Waiting list database, patient satisfaction surveys
  • National DRG-system – NordDRG

Swedish Health Care System – in brief

Everyone who lives or works in Sweden is entitled to enjoy the benefits of the Swedish health care system. The system, mainly public owned and taxpayer-funded, is largely decentralized with 20 county councils who all have a high degree of autonomy. The government stipulates the laws and sets framework for budget, spending about ten percent of the GPD on the health care system. The system is subsidized and patients co-payments are low, about four percent.


Birgitta Lindelius
+46 (0)75 247 30 00