It was in 2007 that the government decided to set aside 1 billion Swedish Crowns (135 million US dollars) to award the health authorities in relation to their cuts in the sick leave and in proportion of their population. Most money will this year go to the health authority in the Gothenburg-region, which will get some 25 million US dollars for lowering payments to cover the sick leave benefit by 20 % last year.
According to the national association of health authorities SKL, it is in the regions with the most and the longest sick leave, that the health authorities have managed to cut their numbers the most. The results, according to SKL, have been reached by a more systematic approach, involving all health professionals, to try to rehabilitate those on sick leave. Another reason, as suggested by the SKL, could be the effort to improve the doctors notes that form the basis for the benefits agency when it decides who should get sick leave benefit and who shouldn't.