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Denmark offers a contrasting bottom line on health care

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Jeppe Sorenson is a research associate for the Danish Institute of Health. Sorensen's research includes comparisons of universal health care systems - like Denmark's, with market-based health care - like here in the U.S. In Denmark, there's no exchange of money between patient and provider - people pay for their healthcare through their taxes. Despite fundamental differences, the goal, healthy citizens, is the same. Some of the problems, including cost and distribution of appropriate care and services, sound similar. So do some of the solutions. Denmark is also looking at decentralizing, from regional to community-based care. Sorensen said that's subject of intense debate in Denmark. Danes are used to arguing about their healthcare -- every year at budget time.

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Martha Foley
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