The system of choice for publicly funded services has gradually become more established in Sweden, primarily within schools, care services and medical care. Considerable progress has been made over the course of the past decade or so, and several acts are now in force, including the Act on System of Choice in the Public Sector (LOV). However, there is still considerable potential to extend freedom of choice to more areas, encompassing both individual citizens and businesses.
It is important for Almega to put the freedom of choice reforms into perspective:
What is the long-term implication of freedom of choice for users of public services – citizens and businesses – and public authorities and suppliers?
How can development be stimulated to generate an enduring value for society?
Which new areas are appropriate for freedom of choice and what are the main reasons given?