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Government plans to make dental care cheaper

Left Party leader: It's about building a strong welfare state
3:26 min

All Swedish residents over the age of 22, including non-citizens, are entitled to SEK 150-300 per year to spend on dental care. In next week’s autumn budget, the Government will announce plans to double this subsidy.

Though not a governing party, the Left Party has been in talks with Sweden’s minority Social Democrat-Green government over the budget. Increasing dental subsidies has been one of their demands.

"Many Swedes with low incomes cannot afford to go to the dentist ... Now we've doubled the public support for anyone who goes to the dentist, so more people can actually afford to go there in time to discover the problems and do something about them," said Jonas Sjöstedt, leader of the Left Party. "We think it's about building a strong welfare state, and equality and justice in society," he added.

At the moment, children and young people are entitled to free dental care. Those aged 22-29 and over-65s are entitled to SEK 300 per year to use on dental visits. Adults between 30-64 can claim SEK 150. It is possible to save a yearly subsidy and use two the following year.

The inside of your mouth should not be an indicator of your wealth.

The increased subsidies, of up to SEK 600 per person per year, are expected to cost SEK 750 million.

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