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How healthcare works in Sweden

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If you or someone in your family needs medical care, you can usually get help at a healthcare centre (vårdcentral) . Call 1177 if you are unsure where to seek care. You can choose to speak Swedish or English. The nurse who answers the 1177 helpline can also give you advice on what you can do yourself to feel better.

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Healthcare in Sweden is governed by different areas called regions. Choose a region at the top of the page to find out what applies where you live.

This text contains links to 1177.se , where you can search for healthcare clinics. The information is in Swedish. Ask someone who speaks Swedish for help if you need it. Read more about 1177 in this text.

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There is a healthcare centre close to where you live

A healthcare centre is a clinic that is usually close to where you live. It may also be called a health centre (hälsocentral), a GP surgery (husläkarmottagning) or a doctor’s office (familjeläkarmottagning).

A healthcare centre is staffed by doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. They can help if you or someone in your family is sick or depressed.

The healthcare centre is open on weekdays

The healthcare centre is always open during the day from Monday to Friday. Some healthcare centres may also be open at other times.

You usually need to make an appointment before you come.

You can search for a healthcare centre near you here. The page is in Swedish.

Urgent care centres during evenings and weekends

If you need to seek care when the healthcare centre is closed, you can turn to an urgent care centre. These are open evenings and weekends.

You can search for an urgent care centre here. The page is in Swedish.

An emergency department when you are seriously ill

If you are seriously injured or become very ill, seek care at an emergency department of a hospital. They are open 24 hours a day. You do not need to make an appointment beforehand.

In an emergency department, the sickest people get help first. This means that if you are not seriously ill, you may have to wait to receive care.

112 - Emergencies

Call 112 if the matter is very urgent, or if your or someone else’s life is in danger.

The person who answers can speak Swedish and English, but can get help from an interpreter if needed. An ambulance will be sent if you or someone who is ill needs urgent care at an emergency department.

Centres for children

There are special centres for children up to the age of six. These are called child health centres (barnavårdscentraler). A child may go there regularly, and will also receive their vaccinations there. You can search for a child health centre here. The page is in Swedish.

In some places, there are special hospitals and emergency departments for children.

Centres for young people

A youth guidance centre (ungdomsmottagning) is for young people between the ages of 13 and 25. There, you can get help with things like contraception, pregnancy tests, sexually transmitted diseases, counselling and advice.

Read more at youmo.se.

You can find a youth guidance centre here. The page is in Swedish.

Centres for women

There are special centres for women. These are called midwifery clinics (barnmorskemottagning), maternity centres (mödravårdscentral) or women’s clinics (kvinnohälsovård). At these centres, you can get advice, and help with contraception and testing for various diseases, for example. You can also come for check-ups if you are pregnant.

When you are due to give birth, you may go to a maternity ward. They are open 24 hours a day.

You can search for a midwifery clinic here. The page is in Swedish.

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Midwifery clinics (barnmorskemottagning) in Uppsala County

Maternity clinics (mödravård/förlossningsverksamhet) in Uppsala County

Dental care centres

Dental care is often more expensive than other care. Ask about the cost before you visit. Children and young people usually get dental care for free.

You can find a dental care centre here. The page is in Swedish.

How much does healthcare cost?

The amount you pay when seeking healthcare in Sweden varies. For example, it costs more to seek care at an emergency department than at a healthcare centre.

The cost also varies depending on your age, and whether you live in Sweden or come from another country.

There is often no charge for children and young people.

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Visitors from Nordic countries

If you live in Finland, Denmark, Norway, or Iceland, you need to show your ID document and the address of your home. You pay the same fee for emergency and necessary care as a registered resident in Uppsala County, which are:

Children 0–20 years: 

  • free of charge

Adults 20–84 years:

  • Vårdcentral (medical center/GP), SEK 200
  • Närakut (urgent care center), SEK 250
  • Akutmottagning (Emergency care, E.R.), SEK 500

Adults 85+ years: 

  • free of charge

Visitors from countries within EU/EEA or Switzerland

With an EU card or certificate, you pay the same patient fee for emergency and necessary care as the residents in Uppsala County, see above.

Without an EU card, you pay the full cost of the care yourself. In some cases, you can receive compensation for these costs later through the insurance fund in your home country.

Visitors from Algeria, Australia, Quebec, or Israel

If you have a valid passport, you pay the same fee for emergency care as the residents registered in Stockholm County, see above.

Visitors from the UK

The health insurance cards EHIC/UK, EHIC/GHIC or provisional certificate issued by the British authorities entitle to necessary care in Sweden - you pay the same fee for emergency care as a resident registered in Uppsala County.

Visitors from other countries

If you are a visitor from a country outside the EU or from a non-convention country, you pay the entire healthcare costs yourself in case of emergency care. Convention country is a country with which Sweden has a cooperation agreement.

Refugee, seeking asylum or have no documents?

Over 18 years: A doctor's visit at a medical GP at a vårdcentral or närakut costs 50 SEK. A visit to the emergency department costs between SEK 250 and 500.

Under 18 years: Free dental care and healthcare except for a visit to a hospital's pediatric emergency room which costs SEK 0. 

Care and treatment as well as sampling in connection with Covid-19 are free of charge.

Ask for an interpreter to get help in your language

You may be entitled to an interpreter if you do not speak Swedish. The interpreter is sworn to secrecy. 

You will not have to pay for assistance by an interpreter. Contact your healthcare clinic before you go to get help in your language.

You have the right to feel safe when using healthcare services

All staff are sworn to secrecy. This means that staff are not allowed to tell anyone outside of healthcare anything about you. This secrecy applies to all healthcare staff you meet, including interpreters and pharmacy staff.

When you seek care, you need to say your name and who you are. If you have any documents that prove your identity, it is a good idea to take them with you.

The site youmo.se contains information on secrecy and confidentiality for young people. The text is available in several languages.

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