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Unforeseen medical treatment - Sweden

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

Emergency

  • Call 112
  • 1177, 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, coverage & costs

Doctors

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

  • Consult a doctor affiliated to the public insurance scheme.
  • You 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 subsidised 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.

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.

Dentists

Most dentists can provide treatment under the public healthcare scheme.

Hospital treatment

  • In-patient treatment is generally free, except for a non-refundable standard daily fee.
  • For out-patien care you will pay a subsidised fee. Charges are not refundable and may vary.
  • Specialist healthcare is charged.

Prescriptions

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

Ambulance

  • Ambulance service is free of charge in most areas.

Air ambulance

  • Air 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 to pay for care, contact your national health insurance institution once you return home to apply for reimbursement.

Patient contribution

  • The level of co-payment varies from 150 to 300 SEK if you visit a general practitioner. The level of co-payment is a bit higher if you visit a specialist doctor, from 200 to 350 SEK. These co-payments are only for non-hospitalised primary healthcare.
  • For those patients who need healthcare more often there is a price ceiling, meaning that no one should pay more than 2 200 SEK per year.
  • There is a maximum level of co-payment for hospitalised healthcare: 100 SEK per day.
  • Healthcare for individuals under 20 year is free of charge in most of the counties and regions.
  • Maternity care is always free of charge.
  • In some counties and regions you need to pay a smaller fee for ambulance and helicopter service.
  • There is no information about co-payments for private healthcare.

Dialysis, oxygen & chemotherapy

You need to have a referral in order to get dialysis, oxygen and chemotherapy.

Loss of card

Contacts for holders of EHICs issued in Sweden

Swedish social insurance agency, Försäkringskassan – department for international health care.

Tel: +46 771 524 524 (customer service)