Blocking Healthcare Abroad

The Swedish government wants to make it harder for Swedes to get hospital or dental care abroad.

The high cost here of dentistry, which is not covered by the National Health Service, and long waiting lines for operations, has seen many people looking for cheaper treatment in nearby EU countries.

In many cases they can receive compensation from the Swedish healthcare system. The newspaper “Dagens Nyheter” reports that between January 2004 and June 2006 the Swedish Social Insurance Administration paid out more than 3.6 million dollars for 2028 treatments abroad.

Now Social Welfare Minister Göran Hägglund wants to change the law so that those seeking care outside the country have to have permission ahead of time if they are to receive any compensation.