Socialized medicine, coming soon to a hospital near you:

Mother-of-two Elin Andersson has highlighted staffing shortage problems at a maternity ward in Sundsvall in northern Sweden after she was asked to clean out her own hospital room just two days after giving birth by caesarean section.

Every time Andersson required medicine she had to call staff to remind them, she told local newspaper Sundsvalls Tidning. The new baby’s father meanwhile was requested to aid in the care of his partner. Two days after the operation, the recovering mum decided she was ready to go home.

”That was when the midwife said I had one final task to perform. Then she went and got a big white laundry bag and asked me to clean out the room and the bed where I had lain,” she told the newspaper.

Two midwives at the Sundsvall maternity ward admitted that Elin Andersson painted an accurate picture of their workplace.

”She describes precisely those bits that we don’t have time for,” said Gunnel Westerlund.

”Medical safety always comes first and you can’t leave a mother while she’s giving birth. It’s true that we sometimes need to make use of the parents and that doesn’t feel good at all.”

From HealthGov:

Sweden’s government run healthcare system is constantly at the top of international rankings. This could be because of their fast and efficient treatment of patients. The healthcare system being run at a local level allows for the people to truly be involved in their healthcare system.

You can hardly get more truly involved in your health care than by cleaning up your own hospital room — it’s efficient to the state’s budget too.

Here’s a re-enactment:


3 Responses to “Ghost of Obamacare Future”

  1. SignPainterGuy on August 25th, 2010 10:43 pm

    When I admitted my wife into the maternity ward, I told the clerk we had no insurance, I would be making payments. Except for my darling calling me everything but a "white boy", All went very well, nothing shorted; there was even emergency equipment and an extra nurse on hand. They treated all of us very well !! After 2 days, we checked out with our daughter. The finance dept. accepted my offer of payment schedule and the amount ; at $800.00 less than with ins.

  2. SignPainterGuy on August 25th, 2010 10:59 pm

    Although I don`t remember having to help clean any rooms, I do remember carrying out a large bag of stuff the hospital gave us, encluding a sheet of newborn pictures of the prettiest little girl w/ a full head of hair !! (27 years later she is donating regularly to Locks of Love)
    Forgive me, but I don`t care how they do things in socialist Europe ! Our system is expensive precisely because it is second to none !!!

  3. SignPainterGuy on August 27th, 2010 2:45 am

    Thanks for the link Chris, I`ll read and explore it more later, but know that (and no slight on you) I consider Newsweek and MSNBC as suspect and not America-loving. I`ve heard this "propaganda" for years.

    FWIW, in my previous post, I was referring only to our "medical" system, and until Odumboscare takes hold , I`ll stand by my claim !!! K ?

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