Health Care in Sweden

The Swedish Health System

Who is covered?

Coverage is universal. The 1982 Health and Medical Services Act states that the health system must cover all legal residents. Emergency coverage is provided to all patients from EU/European Economic Area countries and nine other countries with which Sweden has bilateral agreements. Asylum-seeking and undocumented children have the right to health care services as permanently resident children, and adult asylum seekers have the right to receive care that cannot be deferred (e.g., maternity care). Undocumented adults have the right to receive nonsubsidized immediate care. About 4 percent of the population has supplementary private voluntary health insurance.

For more information, read a Commonwealth Fund profile of the Swedish health system.

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