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Sweden - Healthcare and Medical Treatment
Everyone living in Sweden, regardless of nationality, is entitled to medical care on the same basis as Swedish nationals. Relatively few people in Sweden have private health insurance, although this is gradually changing, with more private care facilities being introduced. Providers of national healthcare services are banned from also providing private medical care.
Local health centres and GP clinics can be found in virtually every neighbourhood throughout the country. There are many county hospitals providing routine and specialist medical treatment, and nine regional hospitals offering a wide range of specialist fields of care. You obtain treatment you will be required to provide your social security number, issued by the tax office.
Patients are free to visit any health centre, GP or hospital within their county of residence, and do not need a referral from a GP to see a specialist consultant. A referral may be necessary if they wish to obtain treatment in a different area of the country.
Many drugs which can be bought over the counter in other countries are only available on prescription in Sweden, including some common cold remedies.
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