International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Physicians 2015

Vårdanalys publishes annually a comparison of how the Swedish health care system performs in comparison with ten other countries, the International Health Policy Survey. The American foundation The Commonwealth Fund is in charge of the Survey and the Vårdanalys is their Swedish partner organisation. The 2015 Survey was completed by 2,900 Swedish primary care physicians.


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.

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