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The Local _ Life in Sweden _ Getting healthcare without showing identification

Posted by: RAFS 9.Jun.2019, 07:59 PM

In Sweden I've always been asked for identification as the first step when seeking any sort of healthcare. Fortunately, I got my personnummer and ID card before I needed any healthcare, so this has never been a problem in practice, but it did get me wondering: is it even possible to receive healthcare without showing any identification or giving a personnummer? (Obviously you would have to pay the full price yourself then.)

I would hope that that's possible at least for emergency care, e.g. what if a tourist visiting Sweden is robbed of their documents and injured at the same time? What about non-emergency?

Posted by: Gamla Hälsingebock 9.Jun.2019, 10:43 PM

If there is no emergency and the person refuses to provide the simplest information EG his/her identity???...Then what??? Is that what you are asking???

Posted by: skogsbo 10.Jun.2019, 05:52 AM

Eu passport and the cost is paid for by your homeland.

Posted by: Saywhatwhat 10.Jun.2019, 12:15 PM

QUOTE (RAFS @ 9.Jun.2019, 07:59 PM) *
In Sweden I've always been asked for identification as the first step when seeking any sort of healthcare. Fortunately, I got my personnummer and ID card before I needed any healthcare, so this has never been a problem in practice, but it did get me wondering: is it even possible to receive healthcare without showing any identification or giving a personnummer? (Obviously you would have to pay the full price yourself then.)

I would hope that that's possible at least for emergency care, e.g. what if a tourist visiting Sweden is robbed of their documents and injured at the same time? What about non-emergency?


Interesting question. I don’t know for sure, having never needed healthcare in Sweden, thankfully, but I would guess they must give emergency treatment. For a non emergency a private doctor might refuse but a hospital wouldn’t turn you away. Maybe make you wait until you give up and leave.

QUOTE (Gamla Hälsingebock @ 9.Jun.2019, 10:43 PM) *
I am useless


We know

Posted by: RAFS 10.Jun.2019, 08:55 PM

Yes I'm guessing they would take care of you in an emergency, at least. Not so sure about non-emergency!

Gamla Hälsingebock, to clarify, I'm asking mostly about showing an identity document and giving a personnummer.

For some context: I've seen doctors in at least 4 other countries and while of course they all asked my name and date of birth, in only 1 country (Malaysia) was I asked to show ID. (Even that wasn't consistent - one clinic asked for it, another didn't, so I don't think it's a general rule there.) So while it may seem totally crazy to a Swedish person that you can just walk up and get medical treatment without being positively identified, and pay cash for it (shock! horror!), my impression is that worldwide this is more the rule than the exception. Anyway, I'm not looking to start any argument about how it should be, only to find out exactly how it is.

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