Fewer denied long-term sickness benefits last year

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  • There has been a sharp reduction in the amount of people refused long-term sick pay after six months of being on sick leave, according to new figures from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency.

  • Up to and including November last year, 11 percent (4,000 people) had left health insurance due to rejections between day 180 and day 364 - compared with 42 percent (22,000 people) in 2020.

  • "We believe this is primarily due to the changes in the law that have taken place in 2020," says Terese Östlin, national coordinator of health insurance at the Swedish Social Insurance Agency.