Shorter Wait for Children’s Psychiatric Heath Care
The government is cracking down on the health care guarantee for psychiatric care of children and teenagers.
The Swedish National Health Care Guarantee came into effect in November 2005 and since then local authorities must provide treatment to patients within 3 months. With the new rules no child should have to wait longer than 30 days for psychiatric treatment. Local authorities unable to reach these goals will receive no further subsidies from the state.
The minister for Health and Social Affairs, Göran Hägglund, told Swedish Radio news that the government wants to make local authorities to go the extra mile. The hope is that sharper rules will result in quicker psychiatric treatment for children and teenagers.