Sweden's Healthcare System

Sweden's healthcare system is socialized in nature. Every residents of the country has access to a universal healthcare program. It is heavily decentralized though and is mostly supported through regional and local taxes. It is government funded, and will provide care to anyone who needs it regardless of their ability to pay for it.

Sweden's government run healthcare system is constantly at the top of international rankings. This could be because of their fast and efficient treatment of patients. The healthcare system being run at a local level allows for the people to truly be involved in their healthcare system. Without this local healthcare system, it would be like the socialized medicine in many of the surrounding countries. While medical care is provided to all, it moves much slower and is not quite as broad as the Swedish government offers.

One of the coolest things about the Swedish healthcare system is that if you are unable to work for any reason, your employer still pays you your full wage for 14 days. This is great if you become violently ill and need the money to continue to pay for your day to day expenses. After 14 days, the state will continue to pay you for as long as you remain ill. This program is crucial, especially in a country where it is almost impossible to find a job that does not require some type of physical movement.

Another cool feature of the Swedish healthcare system is that it reimburses you for any expenses that you incur in your travel to and from the clinic. That is right, the government will pay for your taxi ride or gas. If you do end up needing treatment and are calling the clinic to see a doctor, you are guaranteed to be seen within three days. All treatment by a specialist is supposed to be completed within 10 days.

All of these wonderful rules and regulations do come at a slight increase in the tax rate. 9% of the GDP of Sweden is healthcare and the related services. While some people might be fine with this, you do have to understand that is almost 1/10th of your countries total economic activity going towards healthcare. If you end up visiting Sweden from another country make sure to purchase international health insurance. The Swedish government will most likely require payment for any health services rendered if you do not live in the country.