Health care in Sweden is accessible by all. Healthcare is accessible for residents in Sweden. Newbies must have a residence permit and a personal number to receive healthcare on the same conditions as Swedes.
However, newbies who lack a residence permit (e.g. tourists, EU citizens, asylum seekers, refugees, hidden) have legal right to Swedish healthcare.
Asylum seekers, refugees and hidden people
Asylum seekers, refugees and hidden and undocumented migrants are entitled to:
- emergency care
- contraceptive counseling
- pregnancy care
- maternity care
- abortion care
- emergency dental care
- examination and treatment of sexually transmited infections covered by Smittskyddslagen
Note: this applies to refugees, hidden and undocumented migrants in Sweden – not just asylum seekers.
Health check-up upon arrival
Asylum seekers are offered a free health check-up upon arrival. However, hidden and undocumented immigrants are offered the same check-up if they seek treatment, too.
What do adult asylum seeker, refugees and hidden pay for healthcare in Sweden?
Healthcare (with or without a referral) costs 50 SEK for asylum seekers, refugees, and hidden and undocumented migrants. Asylum seekers with a LMA card should bring their card to the doctor’s visit.
Asylum seekers, hidden and undocumented children
Children under 18 years of age receive healthcare and dental care on the same terms and conditions as Swedish children.
Note: healthcare is free of charge for children under 18 years of age in most county councils around Sweden.
The European Health Insurance Card, EHIC entitles EU citizens to necessary medical treatment in Sweden, at the same cost and conditions as Swedish citizens. EU citizens who wish to stay more than one year in Sweden should register with the Swedish Tax Agency – Skatteverket. More on theEuropean Health Insurance Card here.
Tourists are recommended to sign a health insurance before visiting Sweden. A health insurance is also a requirement to receive a visa to Sweden. Learn more about visas here.
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