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Healthcare in Sweden

Sweden has a very good healthcare system when compared to other nations. Everyone who lives and works in Sweden and possess a personnummer will have equal access to heavily subsidized healthcare. Similar to other Scandinavian countries, the Swedish healthcare system is funded by taxpayers; however as with many other nations, the pubic health care system does not cover optometry, dentistry, or orthodontics to name a few. It is worth noting that dental care is free for children under the age of 18. Often, private firms will offer employees privatized healthcare benefits.

Prescription medication must be provided by a physician, and it is provided through your personnummer then sent directly to the network of drugstores across the country. Thus, it is very important to receive this number as you will need it for many things. Prescription drugs are relatively inexpensive when compared to other nations and can be bought at your local drug store. When you have spent 1,800 SEK within one year on prescription medication at the drugstore, further prescription medicinal costs will be covered by the government. It is important to note that all drugstores are connected through a network, thus it is possible to obtain medication in any drugstore and al information from your file will be available to the pharmacist.

When visiting a doctor, you may be required to pay a small fee of about 150 to 300 SEK. After 1,100 SEK have been paid within one year, further healthcare will be provided free of charge.

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