Healthcare for visitors to Sweden

This information is for people who require healthcare in Sweden but are covered by social security insurance in an EEA country (European Economic Agreement) outside of Sweden.

As a visitor to Sweden, you are entitled to health and medical care on the same financial terms applicable to Swedish residents. However, you will need to show your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

For more information about the EHIC card and how to apply for one, visit the homepage of the European Commission.

Prior authorisation is sometimes required

In some cases, prior authorisation is required before seeking medical care in Sweden. The National Social Security Agency in the country where you are covered by social security insurance can advise whether prior authorisation is necessary in your case. Contact the agency in question for more information.

Do you have a Swedish social security insurance and need medical care in another EEA country?

If you are covered by Swedish social security insurance and need medical care in an EEA country outside of Sweden, you should contact the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan).

The National Board of Health and Welfare – a national point of contact

The National Board of Health and Welfare is a national point of contact in Sweden for cross-border healthcare in accordance with the patient mobility directive, i.e. the Directive 2011/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare.

Pursuant to Regulation (EC) 883/2004, the Cross-Border Healthcare and Patient Mobility Directive does not affect your entitlement to compensation for the cost of any healthcare or medical treatment that becomes necessary during your visit.

Click here for the full text of the Directive in all EU languages

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