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Unforeseen medical treatment - Sweden

Note: Residents of the other Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway) need only show a valid national ID card to prove eligibility for public healthcare in Sweden.

Emergency

Call 112

1177 is the national service for healthcare advice online and by phone, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Nurses at 1177 will answer your questions, determine the need for further care, provide advice and/or recommend other healthcare assistance. 1177 offers service in English.

Telephone: 1177
Website: www.1177.se information available in several languages

Treatment & costs

Doctors

The European Health Insurance Card entitles you to treatment at any public healthcare facility.

Private healthcare is in general not covered by the card but some private practitioners are affiliated to the public insurance scheme and accept the European Health Insurance Card. Before you visit a doctor or hospital, make sure that they accept the card in order to avoid unexpected costs.

  • You should consult a doctor affiliated to the public insurance scheme.
  • You will need to present a valid European Health Insurance Card and a valid national ID/passport.
  • Provided you have a valid card you are entitled to pay a subsidized fee for medically necessary treatment on the same basis as a Swedish resident. Charges are not refundable and may vary.
  • Patients under 20 are treated free of charge in most areas.
  • Without a card you will have to pay the entire cost of treatment yourself.

Dentists

Most dentists can provide treatment under the public healthcare scheme.  

Hospital treatment

  • Inpatient treatment is generally free, except for a non-refundable standard daily fee. 
  • For ambulatory treatment you pay a subsidized fee. Charges are not refundable and may vary. 
  • Specialist healthcare is charged. These charges are non-refundable in Sweden, but you can always seek reimbursement from your national health insurance provider.

Prescriptions

  • You will need to present a valid European Health Insurance Card at the pharmacy in order to pay the subsidized price.
  • Charges may vary.

Ambulance

  • Ambulance service is free of charge in most areas.

Air ambulance

  • Ambulance service is free of charge in most areas.

Reimbursement

There is no reimbursement system in Sweden. With your European Health Insurance Card you should only be charged the standard patient fee, which is not refundable.

If you have had to pay for care, contact your national health insurance provider once you return home to seek reimbursement.

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