Swedish Health Care
Felix Rippy is a founding partner at Rippy, Henderson & Taylor, PC, where he has spent more than two decades handling civil cases, accruing more family law clients than any lawyer in the history of his home county. Now a graduate student at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Felix Rippy is participating in a study abroad program in Sweden covering that country’s health care policy.
Though it has one of the highest costs of living in Europe, Sweden also boasts a health care policy that has increased the living standards of its citizens. Numerous other nations use the Swedish health care system as a model for their own due to its inclusivity and scope.
Sweden spends less than 10 percent of its total GDP on healthcare, but has created policies that ensure access to healthcare for all. In Sweden, citizens and expats are entitled to healthcare through the nation’s 20 city councils. This decentralized system ensures each community works to provide quality care to its residents, whether they have regular medical needs or are living with disabilities.
These policies also help minimize the overall cost of care. When seeking medical care, adults pay for their services at low out-of-pocket costs. Generally, visits to the physician cost less than SEK 250 (28 USD) and hospital stays will set them back SEK 100 (11 USD) per day.
As a result, Sweden has seen an increase in life expectancy and birth rates while simultaneously experiencing a reduction in mortality. The country is taking further steps to better its health care system by providing improved specialized services to patients as well as increasing patient safety.
Felix Rippy received his juris doctorate from the University of Texas and went on to found his own family law practice. An avid runner, Felix Rippy has even served on the Rogue Running Board of Directors.
Rogue Running was founded in 2004 to help everyday runners maximize their potential by using professional training techniques. The organization has a variety of programs to coach runners for 5Ks, 10Ks, half-marathons, marathons, and ultramarathons. Rogue members also receive free core strengthening and yoga classes to help condition the body for runs.
In addition to its local training programs, Rogue Running offers the Rogue Expeditions program for the truly committed runner. Rogue Expeditions features run-centric vacations to destinations such as Kenya, Italy, Lake Tahoe, and Morocco.
Rogue takes care of all the vacation planning, from food and accommodations to organized runs and sightseeing destinations. The trips are designed to accommodate runners of varying levels while maximizing opportunities for them to run while on vacation.
Per Athlinks.com, Felix Rippy has run more races (for charity) than anyone living in either Austin, Texas or Indianapolis, Indiana, which is Felix Rippy’s hometown.
After earning a JD from the University of Texas and an MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Felix Rippy founded multiple businesses in the legal field. One of his endeavors as a credentialed teacher of mediators was with Austin Texas Mediators, where Felix Rippy trained and credentialed mediators to handle general mediations as well as advanced family law mediations. Felix Rippy is now enrolled in advanced graduate school (Masters in Public Administration, SPEA/IUPUI) for mediators at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis taught by John Krauss, long-time mediation faculty member at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.
A mediation is a legal proceeding for amicably resolving cases without going to trial. A mediator facilitates the mediation and helps guide the parties to a compromise agreement.
The mediator may point out areas of strength or weakness in a party’s case to help the party recognize the benefits of settling before trial. However, the mediator makes no determination of the merits of a case and remains neutral during the proceeding.
The parties at a mediation are often represented by their attorneys, although they do not have to have a lawyer, who generally provide introductory remarks explaining their version of the case, much as they would if the case were at trial. The mediator may also ask questions to help draw out the issues.
After each side’s case has been presented, the negotiation process begins. The parties start with their initial demands, and the mediator helps them determine what both ultimately can agree to.
If successful, mediations can help parties avoid the time, expense, and emotional toll of a trial. Mediations also allow the parties more control over the outcome. Judgment can be entered on mediated agreements giving them the full force of law.