What do you do if you come from another county council or country and need treatment in Stockholm County Council?
Citizen who are registered in Sweden
If you are registered in Sweden you are entitled to treatment on the same terms as the inhabitants of Stockholm County Council for:
- acute illness or injury
- primary care (family doctor)
You only pay the usual patient fee, your county council pays the rest.
If, however, you need planned specialist treatment the rules are different. Then you normally need a referral or promissory note from your own county council. This means that your county council pays Stockholm County Council for the treatment they provide.
EU/EES citizen on temporary visit to Stockholm?
EU/EES citizens are those with citizenship in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and UK.
If you have a European Health Insurance Card
A European Health Insurance Card entitles EU/EES citizens to pay the same fee for acute and essential treatment as a person registered in Stockholm County Council.
If you do not have a European Health Insurance Card
Without a European Health Insurance Card, as an EU/EES citizen you pay the entire treatment cost yourself. A visit to a doctor at a hospital emergency ward will cost you between SEK 2 000 and 2 200. A visit to a doctor at a local emergency ward or family doctor costs SEK 1 600.
What is a European Health Insurance Card?
Previously in Sweden we had a form called the E111 form. In June 2004 it was changed to the European Health Insurance Card. The card is also known as the EU Card. The card entitles you to the same benefits as locally registered citizens with regard to emergency treatment and you can go directly to a health care institution if you become sick. The aim was for all EU countries to have introduced the European Health Insurance Card in January 2006. The card is personal and not transferable.
If you are a tourist from Finland, Denmark, Norway or Iceland
You do not need to show your European Health Insurance Card for acute or essential treatment. Some form of ID is sufficient. You pay the same fee for acute or essential treatment as a registered citizen in Stockholm County Council.
Sweden also has agreements, conventions, with the following countries and provinces:
Algerian citizens and expatriate Swedes with a valid passport pay the same fee for acute or essential treatment as a registered citizen in Stockholm County Council.
Australian citizens and expatriate Swedes with a valid passport pay the same fee for acute or essential treatment as a registered citizen in Stockholm County Council.
People living in Quebec who are working or studying in Sweden for less than one year, and who have a valid passport, pay the same fee for acute or essential treatment as a registered citizen in Stockholm County Council.
Israeli citizens and expatriate Swedes with a valid passport pay the same fee for maternity care as a registered citizen in Stockholm County Council.
Swiss citizens are entitled to the same benefits as EU citizens on the presentation of a health insurance card.
What is essential treatment for people who are health-insured in an EU country?
Essential treatment means:
- that you do not need to break off your visit and return to your homeland for medical reasons.
- treatment that cannot wait.
- treatment due to chronic illness, including samples and medical checks.
- preventative maternity care and childcare/childbirth.
Your doctor decides whether or not you qualify for essential treatment.
Other countries (non-EU)
Tourists from countries outside the EU and convention countries pay the entire cost of emergency and/or planned treatment themselves. Convention countries are countries with which Sweden has agreements.