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    For those of us not very updated on the problems of contemporary Danish democracy: Why wouldn’t you?

    Regarding the link and the centralizing of hospitals. Take a look at the New Public Management horror story that came out of a similar reform in Norway. OK, there have been improvements in the care provided, but administrative costs have blown off the chart, and decision making problems abound.

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    The very short version: The regions only have responsibility for some tasks related to health care and social services but they do not have the powers to levy taxes or to prioritise between policy areas. Similarly, their long-term planning is de facto subject to a government veto.

    So, the regional councils do not have any real powers, only responsibilities.

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