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Swedes to pay more for healthcare

TT/The Local · 3 Mar 2011, 08:11

Published: 03 Mar 2011 08:11 GMT+01:00

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Swedes using the public healthcare system are currently required to pay fees up to 1,800 kronor per year. After that, the cost of all healthcare is covered by the state and local authorities.

Hägglund argues that the amount people can be asked to contribute has not been raised since 1999, so that in practice the state's share of the cost has been rising. Raising the amount to 2,200 would in real terms take personal contributions back to the same level as in 1999.

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The move to raise the amount is supported by the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting). Hägglund has not yet put forward a formal proposal, but said he expects to raise the issue in budget negotiations.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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09:43 March 3, 2011 by Craptastical
fastaslightning: IMHO it has more to do with inflation than anything.
10:23 March 3, 2011 by John Wayne
This country goes further down the craper every month.
10:46 March 3, 2011 by LuckotheeIrish1
I agree with Craptastical.

The reality is in 11 years a lot has changed. Between number of legal immigrants, economic crisis, etc. It should come as no surprise that the cost to the government to care for it's residents would increase, while the cost to the residents doesn't. I'm not a huge fan for hiking up taxes or fee or any of that. But if it means keeping a solid infrastructure then I'm all for it.

I read this and think of whats going on in America and how pissed many americans are about the economy and the government involvement and what not. The difference between there and Sweden I think is with regards to the level of corruption and government waste. As long as there are humans and civilizations (especially one's based on monetary gains) there will always be the presents of both previously mentioned issues. However, I don't think it's as bad here. I don't think the members of the riksdag is going to use the money from the proposed health fees increase to refurnish their houses or some crap like that.

The reality is the prices of products and services go up over time. Name one product or service that is the same price now as 20 years ago? or 30 years ago? Even the price of milk has gone up.
11:37 March 3, 2011 by AngloCelt
Ha, the famous 'free' health service in Sweden...Swedes are always surprised when I tell them that in the UK you only pay a charge for prescription items. I know the NHS isn't the best, but then my experience of the Swedish system has been no better; I had to wait a week for an operation to have a broken arm set! And it cost me 1500 SEK for the privilige by the time i'd paid for all the clinic visits, X-rays etc...
12:21 March 3, 2011 by miss79
fastaslightning : move to asian countries or communist countries then if u dont like to spend ur money or tax to to others in need like the refugees.. besides,everything are changing here and things go up expensively
15:25 March 3, 2011 by Puffin
This article is incorrect - currently you pay a maxof 900kr for medical treatment not 1800kr

1800kr is the max you pay for medicines NOT treatment

@AngloCelt -why did you pay 1500kr?Did you not apply for a free-card once your costs hit 900kr?
15:40 March 3, 2011 by dammen
Puffin is right

It is 900SEK for doctors visits etc and a further 1800SEK max for medication - but this only applies if you take out the high cost card for visits to the hsopital etc.

Those of us who don't use the system often get stung when we do need medication - the NHS is fairer in many ways but falls behind in others - just as the same is here.
17:07 March 3, 2011 by Puffin
@ dammen

You don't have to take out a high cost card in advance - you just give your receipts to whatever clinic you happen to be visiting when you hit the 900kr and they will make you a high cost card there and then for the rest of the 12 months from the date ofyour first receipt - or to makeiteasier you can ask to have all of your visits stamped onto a little card that is updated at each appointment
19:32 March 3, 2011 by Rick Methven
In our county (Östergotland) they no longer accept cash at the vårdcentral/hospital so you pay by CC and it is all in the system so no need for a högkostnads card. It all happens automatically.
08:39 March 4, 2011 by AngloCelt

Indeed, but I also had to pay for the heavy painkillers while I waited for my arm to be plated and then for the brace that I had to wear after...
17:14 March 4, 2011 by svensk-amerikanska
Sooner or later even Sweden will run out of other peoples' money. The game is over, mina svenskar,and the piper must be paid.
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