Public and private healthcare in Sweden

Health, medical and dental care in Sweden is divided into public and private sectors. Here you can read more about what that means and the differences between private and public care.

Public and private healthcare

The Swedish National Healthcare Services are both public and private. Public healthcare is managed and provided either by the county council, local authority or municipality.

There are two types of private healthcare.

  • Healthcare services provided by a private company under contract with the county council, local authority or municipality. In the event of such contract, the cost of private and public healthcare is the same.
  • Healthcare services provided by a private company under no contract with the National Healthcare Services. As a patient, you are then liable to pay for the full cost of any treatment and care you receive.

When contacting a healthcare provider, it is therefore recommended that you ask if they are under contract with the National Healthcare Services.

Public and private dental care

Swedish dental care is both public and private.

The public dental care, found in every county and region, is generally referred to as the National Public Dental Services.

The cost of dental care is not regulated in the same way as the cost of healthcare. It is up to the dentist or dental hygienist to decide what to charge for a specific treatment but the cost must be reasonable in relation to the treatment provided. The cost of public dental care provided under the National Dental Services always remains the same within a county or region.

When dental care is part of another medical treatment, it is regarded as healthcare whereupon the dental care is charged at the same rate as the medical care. For more information about the cost of dental care, contact your county council or local authority

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