On Thursday morning, Claus Rehfeld, a Healthcare Consultant in Denmark, came to speak to the Economics in Denmark program about the Danish healthcare system. He focused both on economic principles and the institutional details of the Danish system. The Danish system is a single payer system, built upon free and equal access to everyone. But, as he pointed out in the cartoon below, what exactly does equal access mean?
The session raised some difficult questions. In addition to questions about equal access, the question was raised about the amount a country should be spending on its healthcare, and whether or not more spending equals more health. The organization of the healthcare system and the amount spent on healthcare are starkly different from organization and amount spent in the United States.