As part of ACCESS Health’s study of the Swedish elder care system, Sofia Widén interviewed Erik Weiman, a politician in the Moderate Party in Sweden, about his past experience as chairman of the Uppsala County Council from 2006 to 2014. Uppsala County is the fifth largest county in Sweden with approximately 350,000 inhabitants. Weiman discusses changes in Swedish healthcare and the efforts made during his time with the county council to improve quality in healthcare and to expand the rights of patients to choose their providers.

The high quality and affordable healthcare found in Sweden provides lessons for other high income countries on ways to approach patient care, healthcare finance, and healthcare delivery.