• Sweden's news in English

Sweden earmarks billions for elderly care boost

TT/The Local/rm · 15 Dec 2011, 14:18

Published: 15 Dec 2011 14:18 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

”We're talking about a group of people that are among those most in need of help in society today, and we know this group will increase,” minister for health and social affairs, Göran Hägglund, said at a press conference on Thursday.

The government and the the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) on Thursday came to an agreement on how to develop care for the elderly in Sweden.

The municipalities will still carry the chief responsibility for elderly care, but they will receive remuneration based on performance.

”Money will be paid out when you make changes and improvements,” said Hägglund.

Out of the earmarked funds, 70 percent will go to the municipalities while 30 percent goes to the county councils, which have primary responsibility for administering Sweden's public health care system.

According to Hägglund, the agreement between the municipalities and county councils will remove previous boundaries which made cooperation difficult.

The government also wants to make it easier for the elderly to influence the care they receive.

According to the governmental coordinator for the elderly, Eva Nilsson Bågenholm, the government is hoping that the agreement will change how the work is currently being carried out.

“There will be a development coordinator in each county. We are investing in education and quality registries for the elderly,“ she told news agency TT.

Nilsson Bågenholm added that the agreement might mean that the need for institutional care, even in the case of dementia patients, will decrease as Sweden invests more into preventative measures.

Story continues below…

Over the next 12 months, 1.1 billion kronor from the budget will be earmarked for this purpose.

“The financial incentives that have been agreed on today will be another force to improve care of the elderly. The health care needs to be better at providing the individual with the care and treatment that the patient needs,” said Anders Knape of SALAR in a statement.

TT/The Local/rm (news@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

20:09 December 15, 2011 by dizzymoe33
Finally and it is about time someone stepped up to recognize that there is a problem and try and find a solution.
10:47 December 16, 2011 by Great Scott
My fear is that the money will be totally wasted on expenditure in the private sector, lining Reinfeldt's fat cat friend's pockets even more.

The old people of today, the people that made Sweden great will see very little benefit.
10:47 December 16, 2011 by yourkidding
Hopefully the first money spent is towards firing the care givers who are dead weight and abuse the poor old people. Like those criminals who lived in Norrköping who were abusing the old people last year. Maybe put a little towards MONITORING the actions of staff as well as hiring them.
13:24 December 16, 2011 by spo10
"Money will be paid out when you make changes and improvements," said Hägglund.

I hope administrators would not resort to excessive changes that has nothing to do with their patients. The money should be used to hire more personnel!
Today's headlines
Sweden: Russian warships in the Baltic 'worrying'
Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist. Photo: Vilhelm Stokstad/TT

Two Russian warships equipped with long-range missiles have entered the Baltic Sea after passing Denmark.

Why businesses are worried about Sweden's drone ban
A drone filming in Stockholm. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

The Local investigates what Sweden's new drone ban could mean for businesses in the country.

This is the new top boss of Swedish Ericsson
Börje Ekholm. Photo: Magnus Hjalmarson Neideman/SvD/TT

Telecoms giant Ericsson has appointed a new CEO after a turbulent year for the company.

These are Sweden's best universities: ranking
A new university ranking has been released. Photo: Cecilia Larsson Lantz/Imagebank.sweden.se

At least according to this global ranking, which picks 12 Swedish universities among the top-1000.

Swedish pharmacies restrict paracetamol sales for teens
The move is intended to cut paracetamol overdoses. Photo: Nora Lorek/TT

Sweden's pharmacies are banning teens under 18 from buying more than one pack of pills at a time.

The Local List
12 Swedish words with just awesome literal translations
A filthy-minded lobster, i.e. a snuskhummer. Photo: Gorm Kallestad/NTB scanpix/TT

One of our favourite things about the Swedish language is its wonderful compound words, which range from being utterly bizarre to making perfect sense.

Rwandan genocide suspect held in Sweden
A memorial centre in Kigali, Rwanda. Photo: Ben Curtis/AP

A man has been arrested in Sweden suspected of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide which claimed 800,000 lives.

Sweden can extend border controls, EU says
A police officer carrying out a check at Sweden's border with Denmark. Photo: Emil Langvad/TT

EU countries including Sweden should be granted permission to extend temporary border controls by a period of a further three months, the European Commission has decided.

Nobel Prizes
'I'd say he's arrogant but I'd be lying': Swedes on Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan performing in France. Photo: David Vincent/AP

Almost two weeks have passed since Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and he has yet to acknowledge the win. The Local asked Swedes what they think of the singer's silence.

Sweden cuts 2016 refugee forecast by thousands
A Swedish migration authority office in Stockholm. Photo: Maja Suslin/TT

The country has also slashed its prediction for 2017.

Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Property of the week: Kungsholmen, Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Will Swedes soon be looking for fairtrade porn?
The Local Voices
'I simply don’t believe in nationality'
Blog updates

6 October

10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

Sponsored Article
This is Malmö: Football capital of Sweden
Why we're convinced Game of Thrones is based on Sweden
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
People-watching: October 21st-23rd
Fury at plans that 'threaten the IB's survival' in Sweden
Analysis & Opinion
Are we just going to let half the country die?
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Angry elk chases Swede up a lamp post
Sponsored Article
Swedish for programmers: 'It changed my life'
The Local Voices
'Alienation in Sweden feels better: I find myself a stranger among scores of aliens'
People-watching: October 20th
Sponsored Article
Top 7 tips to help you learn Swedish
The Local Voices
A layover at Qatar airport brought this Swedish-Kenyan couple together - now they're heading for marriage
Sponsored Article
‘Extremism can't be defeated on the battlefield alone’
Swede punches clown that scared his grandmother
Fans throw flares and enter pitch in Swedish football riot
Sponsored Article
Stockholm: creating solutions to global challenges
Could Swedish blood test solve 'Making a Murderer'?
Sponsored Article
Why you should 'grab a chair' on Stockholm's tech scene
Property of the week: Linnéstaden, Gothenburg
Sponsored Article
Where is the Swedish music industry heading?
Swedish school to build gender neutral changing room
Sponsored Article
One expat's strategy for making friends in Stockholm
People-watching: October 14th-16th
Sponsored Article
Nordic fashion in focus at Stockholm University
Man in Sweden assaulted by clowns with broken bottle
Nobel Prize 2016: Literature
Watch the man who discovered Bob Dylan react to his Nobel Prize win
Record numbers emigrating from Sweden
People-watching: October 12th
The Local Voices
'Swedish startups should embrace newcomers' talents - there's nothing to fear'
How far right are the Sweden Democrats?
Property of the week: Triangeln, Malmö
Sweden unveils Europe's first elk hut
The Local Voices
Syria's White Helmets: The Nobel Peace Prize would have meant a lot, but pulling a child from rubble is the greatest reward
jobs available