Three privately run health care clinics could open in the greater Reykjavík area this fall, according to a plan introduced by Minister for Health Kristján Þór Júlíusson this morning, RÚV reports.
The plan includes major changes in health care in Iceland. Still, Kristján denies that healthcare is being privatized. The changes, he states, are improvements, meant to ensure public safety and access to healthcare. “It’s about strengthening basic healthcare service in the country, starting in the capital area.”
Kristján said this is far from privatizing health care. “We expect the operations of our 15 public health care clinics to remain unchanged, and then we add up to three clinics which will be privately run.“
He stressed that we mustn’t put up with the stagnation we’ve seen in the health care system in nearly two decades. The changes are meant to increase competition between health care clinics. Those who will run the new clinics will not be allowed to pay themselves dividends.
The Federation of State and Municipal Employees has issued a statement, declaring its opposition to the privatization of healthcare and the minister’s plan.