Some healthcare in Skåne is free. But you will usually have to pay a charge for your care.
The costs on this page apply to:
- Region Skåne clinics and hospitals
- private clinics that Region Skåne has a contract with.
Free care for children, young people and older people
Healthcare is free if:
- you are under 20 years of age
- you are 85 years old or over.
Here are some common healthcare charges
At healthcare centres
- Your appointment is free when you see a nurse (sjuksköterska), an assistant nurse (undersköterska) or a community health nurse (distriktssköterska).
- Everything else at the healthcare centre costs 200 kronor. For example, if you see a doctor.
At hospitals or if you see another specialist care provider
- It costs 300 kronor to see a doctor.
But if you have a referral, it only costs 100 kronor. You may get a referral from a doctor at the healthcare centre, for example. You will get a referral if you need care at another clinic.
- It costs 400 kronor to visit the emergency department.
- Everything else at the hospital costs 200 kronor – for example, seeing a nurse (sjuksköterska), psychologist (psykolog), medical social worker (kurator), occupational therapist (arbetsterapeut) or rehabilitation coordinator (rehabiliteringskoordinator).
Some appointments are always free
Your appointment will be free if:
- You are under 70 years of age and are having a smear test. The test can show if you have, or are at risk of getting, cervical cancer.
- You have a disability and get support and treatment for it. This is called habilitation (habilitering).
- You are called for a mammogram so your breasts can be examined. The check can show if you have, or are at risk of getting, breast cancer.
- You are attending a midwifery clinic or a children’s healthcare centre.
- You are between twelve and twenty-three years of age and attending a young people’s clinic.
If you cannot attend
If you cannot attend your appointment, please contact the clinic as soon as you can and let them know. That will mean someone else can go and get help instead.
Contact the clinic at least 24 hours before your appointment. Then you can cancel the appointment free of charge. If you cancel the appointment later than that, you will have to pay 200 kronor or more. You will have to pay this even if your appointment would actually have been free.
You only need to pay if you are 20 years of age or over.
You will get a bill in the post. The bill is called an invoice (faktura).
You have to pay even if you have an exemption card.
How to pay for your healthcare
You can pay for your healthcare by debit card or in cash.
You can also choose to pay for your healthcare later. In this case, a bill called an invoice will be sent to your home. It is more expensive to pay by invoice. You have to pay for your healthcare and also another 50 kronor for the invoice itself.
The invoice will arrive by post at the start of the month. You must pay it by the end of the month. It is important that you pay on time. Otherwise, you will get a new bill and will have to pay an extra 60 kronor.
The high-cost protection scheme limits how much you have to pay
You will not have to pay more than 1,200 kronor for healthcare in twelve months. This is called high-cost protection.
An example: You see a doctor in April. You then have several healthcare appointments. In October you have paid a total of 1,200 kronor. You can then ask for an exemption card and will not need to pay for any more healthcare until April the next year. That will be twelve months after your first appointment.
Have you had to stay in hospital? Your exemption card is not valid there and you will have to pay for your care.
How to get an exemption card
Have you paid 1,200 kronor for healthcare in twelve months? If so, you can ask staff for an exemption card.
Sometimes staff can see on their systems how much you have paid. But you may also need to show how much you have paid.
Here is how to show how much you have paid:
- Show receipts from earlier appointments or bills that you have paid
- Show a yellow high-cost protection card that shows what you have paid You can get a yellow high-cost protection card from a healthcare centre, for example.
Charges if you have to stay in hospital
Sometimes you may have to stay in hospital. For example, if you need medical care for several days. Your exemption card is not valid there and you will have to pay for your care.
Here are the costs of staying in hospital:
- You pay 110 kronor each day for the first thirty days.
- After thirty days, you pay 55 kronor each day instead.
You will get a bill in the post.
It may be possible for you to pay less for your care
In some cases you may be able to pay less for your stay in hospital. For example, if you do not earn very much money. That means you earn less than 7,700 kronor before tax each month. You also pay less if you are a senior citizen.
Here are the costs you pay instead:
- You pay 110 kronor each day for the first five days.
- After five days, you pay 55 kronor each day instead.
Are you unable to work and so get money from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan)? In some cases you may only have to pay 50 kronor each day.
This applies if:
- You have a health condition or a disability
- You are getting full sickness benefit (hel sjukersättning) or full activity compensation (hel aktivitetsersättning)
- You are under 40 years of age
How to apply to pay less
Do you want to apply to pay less? Ask care staff to help.