Some healthcare in Skåne is free. But in most cases, you need to pay a patient fee for the appointment.
These costs apply to:
- Region Skåne’s clinics and hospitals
- Private clinics that Region Skåne has an agreement with.
Free healthcare for children, young people and the elderly
Examples of when all care is free:
- You have yet to turn 20 years old.
- You are 85 years of age or older.
This is how much some routine appointments cost
This is how much it costs to go to a health centre
- Seeing a nurse, assistant nurse or district nurse is free.
- You pay SEK 200 for all other health centre services. If you see a doctor, for example.
This is how much it costs to visit a hospital or receive other forms of specialised care
- If you go to an emergency ward, you pay SEK 400.
- If you see a physician, you pay SEK 300. But if you are here on referral, you only pay SEK 100. For example, a physician at a health centre may refer you to another clinic if you need some other form of treatment.
- You pay SEK 200 for all other hospital appointments. This includes seeing a nurse, psychologist, counsellor or occupational therapist.
Some appointments are always free
Examples for free appointments:
- If you come for a Pap smear when you are between 23 and 70 years old. The Pap smear may indicate that you suffer from cervical cancer or that there is a risk you might develop the disease.
- You have a disability, which entitles you to support and treatment. This is known as habilitation.
- You are called to a mammography screening to have your breasts examined. The screening may indicate that you suffer from breast cancer or that there is a risk you might develop the disease.
- You visit a midwifery clinic or a paediatric clinic.
- You are between 12 and 23 years old and visit a youth clinic.
If you are unable to make it to your appointment
Are you unable to make it to you scheduled appointment? Then please contact the clinic as soon as possible to inform them that you can’t come. This will open up for someone else to come to the clinic and receive help.
Contact the clinic no later than 24 hours before the appointment. Cancelling appointments is free. You need to pay SEK 200 or more if you contact the clinic later than 24 hours before the appointment. You have to pay this charge even if the appointment would have been free.
You only have to pay if you are 20 years of age or older. You will be sent a bill in the mail. This bill is called an invoice.
You have to pay even if you have a free card.
How to pay for your appointment
You can pay for the appointment using the following methods:
- You can pay using a bank card.
- You can pay using cash.
- You can choose to have a bill sent to you in the mail and pay for the appointment later. This bill is called an invoice.
It costs more to have a bill sent and pay for the appointment later. You will have to pay for the appointment and an additional SEK 50 for the bill itself.
The bill is sent to you by post at the start of the month. Pay the bill before the end of the month. It is important that you pay on time. Otherwise, you will receive a new bill, and you will have to pay an additional SEK 60 for the new bill.
High-cost protection is a limit to what you have to pay
You will never pay more than SEK 1,150 for healthcare services within a 12-month period. This is known as high-cost protection.
Example: You see a physician in April. You then visit healthcare facilities multiple times. By October, you have paid a total of SEK 1,150 You can then request a free card, which means that you do not have to pay for any additional appointments until April of next year. Twelve months will then have passed from your initial visit.
Have you been admitted to hospital? In this case, the free card does not apply and you will have to pay for the healthcare services.
How to get a free card
Have you paid SEK 1,150 within twelve months? Then you can ask the staff for a free card.
Sometimes, the staff can check their systems to see how much you have paid. But you also need to be able to show how much you have paid.
Here is how you can show how much you have paid:
- Present the receipts from your previous appointments and paid bills.
- Present a yellow high-cost card that says how much you have paid. You can obtain the yellow high-cost card from a health centre, for example.
How much it costs to be admitted to hospital
Sometimes, you may need to stay at the hospital, for example when you need to receive treatment over the course of multiple days. In this case, the free card does not apply and you will have to pay for the health care services.
Here is how much it costs to be admitted to hospital:
- You pay SEK 100 per day for the first 30 days.
- After 30 days, you pay SEK 50 per day.
You will be sent a bill in the mail.
You may be eligible to pay less for medical services
Sometimes, you are eligible to pay less if you are hospitalised. One example is if you do not make a lot of money. You must make less than SEK 7,730 every month before taxes. This also applies to pensioners.
Here is how much you will be paying in this case:
- You pay SEK 100 per day for the first five days.
- After five days, you pay SEK 50 per day.
Are you unable to work and receive benefits from the government agency Försäkringskassan? In some cases, you will then be paying SEK 50 per day.
You must meet the following conditions for this rate to apply:
- You have an illness or disability.
- You are receiving full sick pay or full early retirement pension.
- You have yet to turn 40 years old.
How to apply for reduced payments
Are you applying for reduced payments? Ask the hospital staff for help.