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Some people are unable to work due to mental ill health and will receive insuracne payments. Credit: isabell Höjman/TT
Audit Office: Patients with mental health issues lose sick pay unfairly
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People suffering from mental ill health could be missing out on their sick pay, because the organisation in charge of the payments is using a model that only works for physical illness and injuries, says the official body which oversees how the state spends its money.

There is a risk that those who deserve sick pay don't get it, because doctors and Social Insurance staff don't have the same view of how mental illness works, says Tina Malmberg, who is in charge of the investigation. Her National Audit Office reports to parliament, to make sure there is democratic oversight on how the Swedish state spends tax payers money.



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