The health care system in Sweden
Thanks to a tax payer-funded and largely decentralised healthcare system, Sweden can offer inexpensive, heavily subsidized and high quality public healthcare for everyone who lives or works in Sweden.
Social insurance covers sickness, disability, having children and retirement. It is possible to sign up for extra insurance via insurance companies - this is sometimes offed by your trade union. Some employers also provide extra insurance coverage as a staff benefit.
If you have to stay at home from work because of illness, you recieve no wages or sick pay the first day (karensdag). For the following two weeks you recive sick pay from your employer. After that, sickness benefits are paid and administrated by Försäkringskassan www.fk.se. As a rule, both sick pay and sickness beenfits amout to 80 % of your salary (up to a certain limit, 445 000 SEK/year in 2013. You pay income tax on both.
As part of the publicity funded social insurance, your only pay a moderate fee when visiting a doctor or physiotherapist witin the national health scheme. Dental care is free up to 18 years of age. After that you have to pay part or the entire cost yourself.
For more information on how to seek healtcare, finding a surgery and get individual advice on 1177 etc, see below.
New in Sweden - healthcare information in other languages at 1177.se
More information from the Care Guide 1177
Health care in Sweden
Medical care information from the Skåne Regional Council