Chance to get benefits varies by area
The chance of getting disability benefits on appeal if you have been turned down by Sweden's Social Insurance Agency varies widely amongst the counties of Sweden, according to Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter. Stockholm patients had the least chance, while Luleå in Northern Sweden had the best.
The difference is so great that the court of appeals will now be audited by a government agency. The Inspectorate for Social Security, ISF, is now preparing a thorough review of the administrative courts of appeals that judges whether a patient should get disability payments after they have been denied by the Social Insurance Agency.
"We have received indications that there are significant variations," says Per Molander, Director General of the ISF, a government watchdog in the area of social security.
"If we don't get a satisfactory explanation for these differences, there will be a chance of legal uncertainty."
The ISF review of the local court descisions and how they are made is expected to be completed by next spring.