The International Health Policy Survey (IHP) is carried out annually in a number of countries. In this year’s survey, General Practitioner Specialists or General Practitioners under specialist training work and work at a primary care centre or the equivalent (referred to in this report as a primary care physician) have been allowed to present their view of the care provided to patients and the conditions under which they perform their work.
More than 2,900 Swedish primary care physicians have responded to the survey. Nine other countries participated in the survey: Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the USA.
The report presents the results of the survey and thereby the primary care physicians’ perspective of healthcare based on the questions in the survey. The results are an important element in understanding how healthcare is working and the conditions under which physicians work, but do not provide a full picture of the state of healthcare. The aim of the survey is to contribute to a better understanding of strengths and weaknesses in Swedish healthcare and to initiate discussion and more detailed analyses that could contribute to its development.