Travel to Sweden

2/05/2013 -- Admin
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Medical and Health

Documents needed: EHIC and passport.

Doctors and Dentists

Sweden’s medical system is run by local country councils and municipal governments, with doctors and dentists available at local health centres (vårdcentral) and dental clinics (tandläkare).  

Check if the doctor/dentist is registered with the public insurance scheme - most are, including some private providers.

If you show your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), you’ll pay the same as the locals.   Without an EHIC (the old E111 Form), you’ll pay full price.

Doctors:  Consultation charge is between SEK 100 to SEK 150 (£10 - £15).

Dentists:  Provided you have a valid EU medical card you pay the full cost of dental treatment up to 300 SEK (£30). From 300 SEK - 1500 SEK (£148) you pay 50 % of the cost, and over 1500 SEK 15% of the cost.

Hospital Treatment and Ambulance Costs

Make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance for medical emergencies, especially if you’re visiting remote areas of Sweden, or have an existing medical condition which could cause you to cut short the holiday if you become ill. 

Most hospital inpatient treatment is generally free with the EHIC, except for a non-refundable daily standard charge of SEK 80 (£7.00).

There’s also a charge for outpatient treatment - not refundable - with specialist care charged between SEK 200 - SEK 300 (£20 - £30), although you may get reimbursement for this once back in the UK.

Ambulance:  Emergency transport is free in most areas.  Air ambulance isn’t free in all Swedish regions, so make sure you have travel insurance to cover medical evacuation or repatriation.

Prescriptions

Show a valid European Health Insurance Card at the pharmacy to qualify for subsidised prices.  A lot of chemists are private, so prescription charges vary.  Generic medicines are cheaper to buy and just as effective, unless the doctor advises otherwise.  Emergency prescriptions are available at hospitals.